Wednesday, July 29, 2009

How our last message series on Galatians and our current series in James should compel all of us to be involved with Mega Sports Camp next week!

Okay, that's probably the longest title for my article I've ever had! Nevertheless, I would like to make my case why you should be involved with Mega Sports camp next week. In our last message series in Galatians we read chapter 6 verse 10 which states, "Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith." Here is an incredible opportunity we have to work for the good of over one hundred kids at sports camp. The opportunity we will use in sharing the gospel is the platform of sports. Did you know sports touches about 90% of our population? What an opportunity to mix sports + evangelism to = kids coming to Christ! Also, did you know over 80% of people come to Christ before the age of twelve? We must make wise use of the opportunity we have with the kids God will bring our way next week!
 
In our current series in the book of James, Milo Wilson, our Worship and Student Pastor, will be preaching this Sunday in James 1. One of my favorite verses in that chapter states in verse 22, "But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." Mega Sports camp will provide all of us an opportunity to be "doers of the word..." It will be a fun way to play sports, share God's Word with kids, sing and get excited in the worship rally, and to present the good news of Jesus. Again, what an opportunity to be a doer of the word!
 
So, how can you be involved in Mega Sports camp? There are several ways: First of all, we need people to pray. If you can't come for one reason or another, would you commit to pray daily for the kids and coaches and that the gospel would take root in the hearts of many kids? Secondly, would you give financially? There is a large upfront cost to getting ready for camp such as purchasing Bible study materials, t-shirts and backpacks, snacks, publicity materials, etc. Would you be willing to make a financial donation to help see kids come to Christ? You can give online at www.give.ridgeviewchurch.net or send a gift in by mail at our church mailing address (PO Box 1077, Taylors SC 29687). Thirdly, you can serve each night. We already have head coaches in place but could always use more huddle coaches, registration greeters, snack helpers, nursery workers, etc. If you haven't signed up to help but feel it would be the best investment of your time next week for five nights, please contact our Mega Sports camp director Beth Farmer at 918-8278 or  befarmer@greenville.k12.sc.us .
 
Kids will come to Christ next week through Mega Sports camp. I can't think of a more important way to spend my five nights next week being a part of that experience. Let me know how you'd like to be involved. I would love to hear from you!
 
Blessings,
 
Pastor Tommy