Junior High Discipleship

STRANGE:  Reflecting a Real God. Reflected in a Relational God.

Dean: Brian Schreiber & Jimmy Ranshaw
  Check-in: July 7 @ 5:oopm
Parent Pick-up: July 13 @ 10:00am

I just don’t like my life.
I don’t feel like I fit in.
I wish I had better friends.
I wish I could be like that person.
At least I’m not that person.
I wish I could live somewhere else.
Can’t I go to a different school.
School’s dumb, I’m not going.

All of us have probably said things like this every once in a while. We feel a lot of things.  Some of them are easy enough to get through, others seem unbearable.  Wishing things were different sometimes leads to anger, bitterness, jealousy, and hate. When we look at what Jesus teaches though we find out that life does not have to be lived that way. We continuously let who we think we are be defined by our feelings. We live out each day based on how we feel at any given moment.

There was a man named Saul in scripture who was fueled by feelings of hate and lived out his days according to that hate until he had an encounter with Jesus.  He once was a hateful murderer who felt righteous killing others, but after meeting up with Jesus he lived his life in a new way. What happened to him looked and sounded strange. The way he lived was even stranger, so strange in fact that even his name got changed!  He was now Paul and instead of killing those that follow Christ, he became one of them. He would actually lead others to follow Christ. That looked extremely strange to the world.  But now he lived in such a way that he himself could say, “You should imitate me as I imitate Christ.” Let’s stop defining who we are by our feelings.  Let’s be defined by who we follow.  Even when people ask us things like:

Why are you so quick to forgive?
Why are you still so nice to people who have wronged you?
Why go to church on Sunday?
Why do you hang out with the kid who sits alone?
Why are you so happy even when bad stuff is happening all around you?

Even when they tell you, “You’re so Strange!”

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About the Deans

Brian Schreiber

Where are you involved at church?
I have been at the Fairfield Church of Christ for 27 years.  I began my time with the church as their youth minister for 22 years.  The last 5 years I have served as the Lead Minister.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Too many to list – Romans 12; Romans 8:35-39; Prov. :3:5-6; Proverbs 4:23
What does camp ministry mean to you?
It truly is a place where you can leave distractions, finding yourself better connecting with the Lord and with others, and finding that what you really needed was for your soul to find rest again.
What is your favorite memory or aspect of camp?
Truly, it is watching what only God could orchestrate by being away from distractions and submitting in real worship and service as kingdom workers.
What is your favorite dessert?
My favorite camp desserts are warm coffee cake in the mornings and peanut butter/corn flake bars.

Jimmy Ranshaw

Where are you involved at church?
I am a Lead Minister (Family and Outreach) at Milford Christian Church. I have been at Milford Christian Church since 2008.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39 NIV)
What does camp ministry mean to you?
Camp ministry is important to me because it allows us to step out of society and for one week be with God and His nature. To be able to unplug from the world and to show students how to plug into Jesus is what camp ministry is all about.
What is your favorite memory or aspect of camp?
I love that our camp still worships outside and that we serve others during our week of camp. Ultimately I love to see how the lives of young students can change when they are exposed to the light of Jesus Christ.
What is your favorite dessert?
I love cheese cake!