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2013 Continuing the Conversation – Monday

Continuing the Conversation

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”


Shepherd’s Fold Ranch’s (SFR) summer teaching theme is for the entire camp. We believe that the unity in the theme will increase the unity in our summer staff and campers. These teachings will be progressive through the week and will remain in line with the teaching styles from the previous summer’s programs.

*In our teachings we always point to Jesus as the example, not to the camper in making a mistake.

The following is the breakdown of the daily teaching themes and some questions to ask your camper in order to “continue the conversation” with them. These daily themes were used for all aspects of our daily teachings from encounters to cabin talks.


It is important to note the process

a)      the HS comes on you

b)     You receive power to be HIS witness – in your words, actions, forgiveness, unity, etc.) in Jerusalem (start where you’re at – family)

c)      you become His witness in Judea (friends/neighbors)

d)     you become His witness in Samaria (the people you or others have cast out)

e)      you become His witness to the ends of the earth (every person, everywhere)

After we understand the HS, who He is and what He does, we can move onto the second half of verse 8.


#2: MONDAY –          WITNESSING IN JERUSALEM (family)

  • Witness: to know by personal presence; to testify; to give evidence (Matt 5:15)
  • In the night encounter we made the connection between Jerusalem and family by saying that Jesus first wanted the disciple to witness to those that they see every day. For us that would be our family.
  • Answer: How do we be a witness to our families?
  1. Obedience (to parents)
  2. Attitude
  3. Actions
  4. Words
  • **We impressed that we are not alone in this! The Lord sent the Holy Spirit to help us do the things He is asking of us!

Additional Verses:

  • John 13:35
  • John 15:8

Questions for campers:

  1. How can we be a witness to our parents?
    1. Obey them – quickly and with a good attitude.
    2. What are examples of actions we can do to be a witness to our brothers and sisters?
      1. (The campers came up with these answers. Here are a few…play with them even when we don’t feel like it, be nice to them, share our toys, etc.)
      2. What is one more way we can be a witness to our families?
        1. Speak kindly and encourage. Our words have the power to encourage and to destroy.
        2. We invited them to write in their journals something that they were going to do when they got home to witness to their family… Ask them what they wrote in their journal.


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