Youth Camp 2017
Benedict Seah reflects on the recent youth camp, which took place on 20-23 Dec 2017. As we thank God for our youths, let's pray together with them that they will continue to grow in love and obedience towards Christ, and that the relationships renewed among them during the camp will bear much fruit and result in changed lives.
All things are made possible with God, and I thank Him for, amongst many things, another youth camp made possible through the work of our dedicated youth leaders, young adults and parents.
This year’s camp promised us fun and games, sermons, as well as quality time with God and His people (and a surprise trip to Universal Studios!). We were thankful also for the meals sponsored by many care groups in the church. Praise God for all that we were blessed with.
Our youths had great fun at Universal Studios (Benedict Seah is standing in the back row, 5th from right).
We were blessed to have Pastor Eugene preach the book of Ephesians, the chosen passage of Scripture for the camp. Despite having few expectations, I was immediately touched by his first message at the start of the camp: “What should we pray for?” The Apostle Paul’s response in Ephesians to this demanding question posed by Pastor Eugene was simple: that we might know Christ.
At the heart of Christianity lie relationships – the most important being ours with Christ. Paul urges us to know Christ so well as to have Him "dwell in [our] hearts" (Eph 3:17), to have Him live in us, and to have Him transform us. Knowing the Scriptures will not redeem our status as sinners if the living word of God remains a dead letter in our hearts.
Youth Camp ’17 served as a wonderful reminder of the sheer vastness of God’s love for us and how Christ should be the centre of our lives. Remembering that Christ is the one who binds us all made me cherish more greatly the relationships I shared with the people around me at camp and beyond, for “[t]here is one body and one Spirit - just as [we] were called to the one hope that belongs to [our] call – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all” (Eph 4:4-6).
For that, I thank God for the opportunity to bond with my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ through the fun activities we had, heartfelt discussions we shared, and every act of love and kindness and gentleness and patience towards each other in between. I pray for all of us that we may be “rooted and grounded in love” and able to grasp together “the breath and length and height and depth” of His love (Eph 3:17-18).