The theme of our week has been IDENTITY. Day One focused on being CHOSEN, by God and for God. Day two centered around the idea that we are all adopted into the Body of Christ. Day Three was all about how we are slaves of Christ. And yesterday’s theme was that we are Ambassadors for Christ. This morning, we are looking at how we are a unified BODY. Last night as we were wrapping up and reflecting on our week, we asked two questions:
- What did you learn this week as it relates to your identity?
- What was one of your favorite parts of the week? What did you learn?
Here are our answers:
Andrea Camp: I remembered this week that everyone does have a calling: chosen by God to do something bigger than themselves. As Christians, we to be Light wherever we go. My favorite part of this week by far was doing the VBS at Drexel Gardens, hanging out with kids in the same township as me and getting a chance to work for God in such a fun way. I’ve learned that we always have room to grow, that we have never “arrived” in our journey with God.
Raegan Hadley: The thing that stood out to me the most was being an ambassador for Christ, that we are all chosen. I struggle sometimes being an ambassador, but we are all chosen by God and He knows what we’re capable of with Him. One of my favorite parts of the week was also the VBS and interacting with children and families that were there. I feel like I learned a lot about everyone, people I didn’t really know before coming into this week that I feel grateful to know now.
Zach Camp: We’re supposed to be ambassadors for Christ, to be a Light in darkness, and tell others about Jesus without being hypocritical. Our actions speak loudly and we can’t let our actions cancel out what we say. My favorite part of the week was… well, five minutes ago when we had a spontaneous worship jam session. I learned to not be near Willis with plywood.
Taylor Dillinger: My identity isn’t just made up of my identity, but also the identity of the Church. We can’t stand alone without the Church. One of my favorite parts of the week was leading motions for VBS. Everyone in the room was doing it. I learned how to become a little more vulnerable and comfortable in my own skin.
Willis Overton: I learned how to fit in as a group, knowing each other’s strengths and identities. Also, the day we learned about being a slave of Christ really stood out to me. We normally think of slavery as a bad thing, but Jesus isn’t that kind of slave owner. One of my favorite parts was the VBS and working with the kids–particularly Jayden and Joey.
Emily Burnette: My favorite part was definitely the VBS and getting to hang out with the kids and engage with them. Being able to tell Bible stories and make it fun for the kids was awesome. As far as identity goes, I learned that we’re not supposed to stick to our own “embassy.” That’s the biggest reason I stopped going to a Christian school. For me, I felt like I needed to grow the kingdom outside of those walls.
We were all in agreement last night that the Kingdom of God isn’t something we do on Sunday mornings, it is a lifestyle that we live out in our everyday environments. Ron told us about how when Mission Indy started, they had this hope that all of their students and leaders at Chapel Rock wouldn’t say, “It’s over now, back to life as normal, let’s just wait until the next event.” He encouraged all of us that we are the Church of right now, not the future.
To say we had an amazing week would be an understatement. We are excited to see ways that Chapel Rock continues to change and grow because of what we learned this week. We hope as you’ve been able to journey along with us that you’ve been challenged like we have. The coming days, weeks, and years will be the test of all that God has taught and shown us through the lives of His people.