English Camp Message Transcript: Day 4

Actually…it’s more of an outline today…

Wednesday: One Decision

  • Intro and review sentences for each day
    • The whole Bible agrees, our God is the ONLY GOD and our God is an AWESOME GOD.
    • Our ONE PASSION should be the same as GOD’S and that is for his GLORY.
    • Out of his great LOVE for us, God mercifully sent JESUS CHRIST to be our ONE SAVIOR.
    • The sentence for today is: The ONE DECISION to be part of God’s FAMILY changes our entire IDENTITY.
  • Adoption Story
    • What I was like before-not the prettiest, smartest, most athletic, best at anything. I had a lisp.
      • People suggested: kids like her, don’t turn out good-let the state own them
    • Reasons why Karen and Bob adopted me-not because I’m good, but out of love. They promised not to leave me bc I am bad, or love me more when I am good
    • I was so excited! …:D
    • What I had to do-accept it
    • What changed
      • A WHOLE new family; sister; cousins; grandparents
      • Safety for birth mother can’t steal me; Kathy can do NOTHING without Karen and Bob’s approval-I was their’s now
      • My birth certificate/last name changed-my IDENTIY is in the POMPELLs. I lived with them. Depended on them. They provided for me and loved me

The Bible talks about God’s grace of giving us our ONE SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST being just like being adopted. Let’s read about that Spiritual Adoption in- Ephesians 1:5-6 God destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ; according to the good pleasure of his will to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the beloved.

  • Through believing in Jesus Christ you are adopted into God’s family! This is what God wanted to do and it brings him GREAT JOY.
  • So what does that mean for YOU? Just like it my adoption changed so much…
    • Your identity is in CHRIST- God did not chose you to be his child because you are the best looking, or the smartest, or anything! JUST OUT OF LOVE. Says in Scripture!
      • That TRUTH should free you from struggling how to love youself-GOD LOVES YOU. Struggling with your self-worth: GOD THINKS YOU ARE WORTHY. Struggling, “what if God leaves me because I am bad!” No! He didn’t choose you because you were good in the first place-he made you his child out of LOVE.
    • A new family!
    • Nothing can happen to you outside of the Father’s will
  • THAT ONE DECISION OF BEING ADOPTED CHANGED MY LIFE…what if I didn’t act like it?
    • It wasn’t just “oh thanks for the inheritance money when you die” that’d be AWFUL
    • It was just “oh thanks for not making me not stay in the slums with Kathy”
    • IT is MY WHOLE LIFE.
  • Same with those of you who decided to believe in Jesus Christ and be saved-
    • It would be HEARTBREAKING to Him who adopted you, if all you cared about was the “inheritance” you’ll receive of eternal life in heaven one day
    • It would be heartbreaking if all you cared about that you are escaping hell.
    • Those are GREAT THINGS: but MAN. You are missing out on so much more!
    • Making the decision for Jesus changes your WHOLE LIFE.
      • Being adopted by God gives you hope, faith, love, wisdom, and guidance.

 

  • HOW can you tell you are living like an adopted child?
    • Bible says before God is your father, your family is the devil. So when, instead of obeying God, you obey your old father-the devil-you are NOT acting like an adopted child.
    • If you are not spending time with the family (CHURCH) or pretending they don’t exist/are ashamed-you are NOT acting like an adopted child
    • Your spiritual adoption is a MUCH BIGGER deal than my earthly adoption. You’re spiritual adoption is like you were a thief and a pauper living on the streets, and the richest King in all the land adopted you.
      • If you were in the market, years after being adopted by the King, buying bread that you use to have to STEAL, and you heard someone say bad things about the King, “He is so selfish or evil, I hate that King!” or even worst, “I’ve never even SEEN the King, he isn’t real! Anyone who believes in the King is an idiot”
        • What would you do? You’ve met the king! More than that, he took you in, and cleaned you up and made you his son!
        • An adoptive child has 3 options, 1.) you can pretend you don’t hear them, and quietly pay for your bread and rush home to the king, just hoping he doesn’t ask about your day in town. 2.) you can begin to doubt, to think, “Wait…am I crazy?” Maybe my Father isn’t good…maybe he didn’t really rescue me. Or 3.) you can defend your king and Father. He is good! And he IS REAL. You WERE ADOPTED! He changed your life. You can tell them in absolute confidence that he is real and he is good-you have met him! And them, not believing in him, does NOT make him LESS real.
          • I beg you guys! Don’t run away from it, and don’t doubt your adoption. Know that your God is real and defend his honor, because you know and love him!
        • So…obeying God, spending time with Him and the family, telling others about how good He is-that is how you really act like an adopted son or daughter of Christ.
      • Romans 8:14-16 –For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.

Let’s review our sentence for today: The ONE DECISION to be part of God’s FAMILY changes our entire IDENTITY.

If you made the ONE DECISION for Christ already, are you really living like you are his adopted son or daughter?  If not, I want you to talk in your small groups tonight about WHAT you should change and HOW.

If you have not made the ONE DECISION to believe in Christ for salvation, I want to invite you to please do tonight! God wants to adopt you. He wants to rescue you from an empty life of purposelessness. He wants to be your FATHER!

If you want to want to make that DECISION for Christ tonight, if you want to be adopted by our good Heavenly father, and be his child would you come up front here? I want you to come up here and I want everyone who is already a believer to stand. Okay, so new deciders come up here and I want to pray with and for you, and all of you who already in the family-stand. If you have already, maybe years ago even, made a decision for Jesus, and you are his son or daughter, I want you stand up-staff and students. Because you are their brother and you are their sister. The whole family, I want to talk to you.

Those of you who are coming up front to make the ONE DECISION for Jesus and “be adopted into the family of God”, and want you to turn around and see everyone standing. You are not alone in this faith journey. When you accept Christ as your savior, and God as your Father-you join a whole family of believers, here and all around the world. We are ONE.

We are children of God. God lives in us. He loves us. He is our good heavenly Father. I implore you, let’s live like it. Let’s honor our father, and try to remember that we are his children! We are united in Christ. We are strong. Maybe some staff come up here with the new adopted children of God, just come around them. Campers too, if you want to especially encourage one of your new brothers or sisters, come up here.

Maxi lead new believers in salvation prayer?

Afterwards I’ll (?) give a prayer of thanks, and for the whole family, and for all who are not ready to accept this gift.

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