MSM SG CAMP 2014 Recap

What does it mean to be called to greatness?

The theme for Small Group Camp this year was posed on the very first evening, of Friday Night. Students were practically fresh off of the buses sitting in the seats that, for the next couple of days, would be part of an incredible learning and worship experience.

To get the point truly across, camp speaker Samer Massad had to change the definition of ‘greatness’. To do this, he told students about how disciples were arguing about who would be greater in God’s kingdom; the kingdom that Jesus said that he was bringing.

46 …his disciples began arguing about which of them was the greatest. 47 But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he brought a little child to his side. 48 Then he said to them, “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf[i] welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me also welcomes my Father who sent me. Whoever is the least among you is the greatest.” -John 9:46 NLT

When Jesus said, “Whoever is the least…”, he was saying that whoever puts others before himself is greatest in the kingdom. This is very different from the world that our students live in, and it was extremely valuable for them to hear that the standard for greatness in the kingdom of God is service and humility.

So when we say that we are called to greatness, we are really saying that God has called us to service and humility. Day to kicked off with this idea of redefining greatness and highlighting the characteristics of Christ that we ought to emulate.

Patience, Kindness, Humility, Love, Compassion, Gentleness, Forgiveness.

We see a strong parallel between these characteristics and the fruit of the Spirit. These characteristics are what God wants us to be. The challenge, Samer pointed out, isn’t so much applying it at camp, it’s applying it at home, at school, in student clubs and teams. God, however has given us the formula for being great in the kingdom of God, and it starts with the bible. We’re not going to be perfect, but we do have the greatest help in the world in the Holy Spirit.

This was such an incredible opportunity for small groups, their leaders, and staff as we watched God move in the lives of so many kids during the weekend. We’re already looking to next year!

You can find photos from this amazing weekend on our Facebook page at facebook.com/hope.middle.school.