Gospel + Safety + Time
Gospel + safety + time. It’s what everyone needs. A lot of gospel + a lot of safety + a lot of time.
Gospel: Good news for bad people through the finished work of Christ on the cross and the endless power of the Holy Spirit. Multiple exposures. Constant immersion. Wave upon wave of grace and truth, according to the Bible.
Safety: A non-accusing environment. No finger-pointing. No embarrassing anyone. No manipulation. No oppression. No condescension. But respect and sympathy and understanding, where sinners can confess and unburden their souls and where campers can feel free to explore and learn.
Time: No pressure. Not even self-imposed pressure. No deadlines on growth. Urgency, but not hurry, because no one changes quickly. A lot of space for complicated people to rethink their lives at a deep level. God is patient.
This is what our camp (and our churches) must be: gentle environments of gospel + safety + time. It’s where we’re finally free to grow both physically and spiritually.
Content taken from a Blog (December 29, 2014) by Ray Ortland, Pastor of Immanuel Church; Nashville, TN and adapted for the purposes of Infinity Sports.