Sunday - Humanity
Christians profess to understand how to create community. “Church” is the making of community. Why, then, is loneliness such a rampant and growing problem in our society? How can our churches be actual places of community, instead of often being places of exclusion? Could it be that we exclude others more than we think we do? In the account of Zacchaeus, his salvation means that he gets to be included in the family. In order to combat loneliness, we need to be involved in restoring humanity into the community of God’s family.
- Christy Lipscomb
Each morning, take a moment in the quiet to meet with Jesus and consider today’s banner: Humanity..
Meditation on Scripture is much like elongated thinking — thinking LONG about one topic. Tumble it around in your mind. Ponder it. Carry the idea for a while in your mind’s metaphorical pocket, observing how this idea seems, feels, smells, weighs, tastes, and sounds.
Meditate on Psalm 139. Read this chapter a few times.
What do you notice about your own humanity - how you are known by God, how you are loved by God, and how connected God wants to be with you?
Meeting in community is one of the most valuable times at Family Camp. No matter what venue the members of your table attended, they studied the same things you did! Consider discussing these questions with the people around your lunch table!
Zacchaeus encountered Jesus and it changed his life. What was it about Jesus that compelled Zacchaeus to change? How did Jesus demonstrate humanity to Zacchaeus?
What is the difference between community and loneliness? List characteristics of each one.
Each day, activities are schedules for a variety of age groups. Click the Schedule link below for today’s activities.
There are some great conversations that happen around our evening camp fires! As you close out your day, consider bringing one or two of these questions to the group. If you have children to put to bed, consider asking them these questions to help them process things throughout the week.
How has God been speaking with you today?
Loneliness is something we have all experienced, and therefore, we all hold in common. Have you ever experienced loneliness? What was this like?
In what areas of your life are sin and loneliness present right now, instead of experiencing the fullness of humanity - to be in community together?
In what areas of your life are shame and self-care present, instead of caring for your fellow humanity?
What characteristics of Christian community do you crave and desire? Tell of a time when you’ve witnessed community done well. What was so special about this?