Wednesday, August 1, 2012

TRAINING FOR A LIFE OF GODLINESS (At Training Camp and Beyond)

"Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."   1 Timothy 4:7-8

If you were to stop and think about your personal life goals, what would your list include? For most of us, our top goals would focus on financial success, healthy living, and perhaps personal happiness. But have you ever considered making “godliness” your life’s top goal?

According to scripture, “godliness” should be the most important goal in this life, and also for the life to come. If that is the case, then how does one become godly? Consider any type of success that you have achieved in your life. You may have worked hard for it, training and disciplining yourself in order to attain it. Therefore, training is how we are to develop godliness.

Students may understand the importance of training more than you would think. A students normal week is often filled with hours of training dedicated to sports, music, academics and other personal goals. But very little time (if any) is set aside in their busy schedules for training in the area of godliness. This is one of the things that makes our training camp vitally important in the lives of our students.

How we Train Students for a Life of Godliness
Before I go any further I want to make it clear that the reason we train students for godliness is NOT so they can get a big spiritual head but so that they develop a big spiritual heart for God. The goal is to bring God honor and glory through the service of our lives. Nothing else matters. That being said, here are four key ingredients we focus on to train students for the purpose of godliness. We want them to develop a:

  - Passion for God
  - Compassion for the Lost
  - Love for other Believers
  - Personal Driving Vision

Though more could be said of these key components, we believe they are the catalyst that propel students forward in order to develop a life of godliness.  Therefore we encourage students to train for and act upon these goals throughout the summer. Training Camp puts students in action as they train for godliness!