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Camping

Posted by on Feb 7, 2009 in discipleship | 6 comments

My son, Jeremy, has been invited to go camping with a couple of boys his age, and a few older – college age – guys. I’m excited about this for several reasons. Perhaps, primarily, I’m excited that Jeremy is building relationships with some brothers in Christ who should be more mature in their walk with Christ – and from what I know of them, they are more mature. I’m much more excited about this kind of discipleship – sharing life together – than if Jeremy was involved only in a Bible study class.

I’ve also heard that someone is planning a camping trip for our church in April. We’ve done this before – three times, I think. We’ll all share a group camping spot on the lake nearby. Some will camp Friday night and Saturday night. Some will only camp Saturday night. Some will only come to the camp during the day and will not spend the night. But, we’ll have plenty of opportunities to get to know one another, to help one another, to share meals with one another, to teach one another, to encourage one another. The times around the camp fire at night will be priceless! We’ll even have our church meeting on Sunday at the campground.

Camping is fun. And, camping with brothers and sisters in Christ can be even more than fun! Maybe I’ll even have some stories to share on my blog.


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  1. 2-7-2009

    Alan,

    What an awesome group of believers it must be, that you gather with. That must be a real blessing.

    I’m not sure if it’s just the city that we live in or what, but, we’ve looked high and low for such a group of believers. We’ve never come close.

    Blessings,
    Gary

  2. 2-7-2009

    Gary,

    There probably are believers around you that are interested in real community. But, they probably don’t know what that means. They need someone to help them, by demonstrating community and fellowship to them.

    -Alan

  3. 2-8-2009

    Alan,

    I’ve never really thought about it in that way before. I suppose I need to turn my thoughts and prayers in that direction. Thanks for the advice.

    I would definitely appreciate your prayers for us where community is concerned. We are about at our witts end in this area.

    Blessings,
    Gary

  4. 2-8-2009

    Gary,

    Listen to Michael Frost’s opening and closing addresses at the 2007 PGF Conference. It’s on YouTube. Listen, and listen again to the story of the Swedish Evangelical lady and her husband. You could do something very similar. We plan to in a few months. But don’t wait to hear how it works for us. Do your own group.

    If you can’t find it on YouTube, I’ll post the links.

  5. 2-8-2009

    Gary,

    I’ll definitely pray for you. Please keep us posted on how things go.

    Sam,

    I’m not familiar with those addresses either. Thanks for the info.

    -Alan

  6. 2-8-2009

    Alan & Sam

    Thanks for the prayers and encouragement.

    Blessings,
    Gary