Thursday, June 26, 2014

After Camp Study- BE JOYFUL

This week at WNW we continued the After Camp series "BE" as we looked at the subject "BE JOYFUL."  We began playing a new game outside we recently purchased called Kanjam which is a team game with frisbees and goals.  We then enjoyed some food and then began our study.  We opened with several discussion questions to get everyone talking.  We discussed subjects from your dream car to how God is still impacting us from our Mfuge camp.  Then we discussed the difference between happiness and joy.  We concluded that happiness is a circumstantial emotion while joy is contentment in Christ.  We looked at 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.  We usually see these verses as three separate commands: rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all things.  However they are intended to be intertwined as we seek Jesus daily.  As we spend time with Him, growing closer to Him daily, it becomes natural to be full of joy.  We discussed how even in dark and bleak circumstances we be joyful because we know that Christ is our only hope in life.  We wrapped up by handing out rubber bands to everyone and we wrote "BE JOYFUL" to wear as a bracelet to be reminded to be joyful in all circumstances.  We closed in prayer and watched the MFUGE video that I showed the church on Sunday.  We had a really great night and it was a blessing to hear the students discuss the matters on their heart.  

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