We have a saying here at Kamp that you may have heard: Kamp Friends are the Best Friends! Time spent at Kanakuk is often the beginning of countless lifelong friendships that begin with the foundation of fun, laughter, and spiritual growth for Kampers. What is it that makes these relationships so meaningful and special?
The community built at Kanakuk, and the one we take home with us as we leave. We also see this kind of community throughout scripture. Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us to “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
Here are three types of community we see in scripture and how we can build them in our own lives:
Community with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
We must not forget that before we can love others, we must first accept God’s love for us. Out of human nature, it doesn’t always come naturally to us to love others but it’s what we are created to do. By being steadfast in prayer, worship and reading His word, His love encourages and fills us up to love others.
Jesus and His Disciples
Jesus called 12 men to be in his close group of disciples who he chose to spend time with every day. He helped them understand scripture, he shared his knowledge with them, and he served them in love. We can follow Jesus’ example of discipleship by finding a close group of believers we can call friends. These are the people with whom we share our life, our struggles, our dreams, our fears and our faith. This mutual encouragement and support is what builds us up for good works in Christ.
The Body of Christ
Another source of community that we see in the Bible, specifically in the book of Acts, is the church. God designed the church to be a powerhouse for the Holy Spirit to work, move and transform lives. Through participating in a youth group or church body, we’re helping fulfill God’s intended purpose for our lives while growing in our faith and in relationships.
God is for relationships– He wants us to be close to Him, and He calls us to be close to others. Our faith is strengthened when it is shared with those around us. This is why we love our community at Kamp so much! But, let’s not forget that we need community all year long. Whether this comes from getting more involved in your youth group, attending KLIFE, or connecting with other believers through Bible studies and church groups, finding Christian community will support you in your faith all year round.
What are your favorite ways to enjoy community on a daily basis?