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Engage Camp Awards, Memory Verses & Catechism

Updated: Jun 20





Camper end of the week Awards:


Students will have an opportunity to receive a reward at the end of camp for memorization of various camp catechisms & Bible memory verses. See the options below. Whole camp awards will be announced on Thursday night.


  • Hidden in your heart award- Around half of all camp memory verses memorized.

  • Scripture memory master- All of the memory verses mastered.

  • Worldview Warrior- Around 2/3 to half of the Camp catechism questions can be answered close to the original/correctly.

  • 1 Peter 3:15 Award- ALL of the Camp Catechism questions can be answered accurately & Biblically.

  • Christian leadership Award- one male and one female award

  • Cabin Awards- Given out during the Friday cabin lunch



General Notes on catechism and scripture memory:


We are a classical Protestant Christian Apologetics camp and believe the "lost tool" of catechesis is very valuable in shaping our hearts and minds and leading to thoughtful discussions. Read this article by Brett Kunkle for more on the classical model and the value of catechism. 


  • Scripture memory- We are preaching through 1 Peter in the evening. All Campers are encouraged to memorize scripture.


  • Camp Catechism- Most of the Catechism questions will be addressed in our daily morning "core class" and others will be brought up later in the day during the evening message or devotional. Also, each point will be expanded upon in the lessons, Socratic dialogues and cabin discussion groups. (awards for memorizing camp catechism are best suited for mid-high school campers, but all campers are welcome to work on these.)



Daily Bible Memory Verses


Sunday

  1. 1 Peter 1:1-3

  2. 1 Peter 1:3-5


Monday


  1. 1 Peter 1: 6-7

  2. 1 Peter 1: 8-9

  3. 1 Peter 1:10

  4. 1 Peter 1:11

  5. 1 Peter 1:12


Tuesday


  1. 1 Peter 1:13

  2. 1 Peter 1:14

  3.  1 Peter 1:15

  4. 1 Peter 1:16

  5. 1 Peter 1:17-19


Wednesday


  1. 1 Peter 2:1-3

  2. 1 Peter 2:4-5

  3. 1 Peter 2:6-7

  4. 1 Peter 2:9-10

  5. 1 Peter 2: 11-12


Thursday


  1. 1 Peter 3: 1-2

  2. 1 Peter 3:3-4

  3. 1 Peter 3: 7

  4. 1 Peter 3: 13-14

  5. 1 Peter 3:14-17


Friday

  1. 1 Peter 3:18

  2. 1 Peter 4:1-3

  3. 1 Peter 4:4-5

  4. 1 Peter 4: 8-9

  5. 1 Peter 4: 10-11



Engage Camp Catechism Table of Contents:



Daily Camp Catechism Question & Answers


Sunday- a Call to Gospel Faithfulness


  • Question: What is the chief end of man?

    • Answer: To Glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

  • Question: What is the secular chief end of man?

    • Answer: Feelings are the ultimate guide, personal fulfillment and autonomy, human community, tolerance, not judging and social justice  (Faithfully Different by Crain & AI survey)

  • Question: Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die?

    • Answer: Since death is the punishment for sin, Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God. (Col 1:21-22, New City Catechism)

  • Question: How can we be saved? 

    • Answer: Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross; so even though we are guilty of having disobeyed God and are still inclined to all evil, nevertheless, without any merit of our own but only by pure grace, God imputes to us the perfect righteousness of Christ when we repent and believe in him.” (NCC, 2.29; Ephesians 2:8-9)

  • Question: What is the gospel?

    • Answer: The gospel is the announcement of the good news that the only true God, the just and gracious Creator of the universe, has looked upon hopelessly sinful men and women and has sent his son, God in the flesh, to bear his wrath against sin through his substitutionary death on the cross and to show his power over sin and death in the resurrection from the grave so that everyone who turns from their sin and themselves and trust in Jesus alone as savior and Lord will be reconciled to God forever.

  • Question: What is the Word of God?

    • Answer: The Holy Scriptures of the 39 Old and 27 New Testament are the Word of God, the only rule of faith and obedience and they are completely sufficient for life and godliness (adapted from WLC, 1.3).

  • Question: According to the Bible, what keeps us from pursuing the total truth of a Biblical worldview?

    • Answer: Our sinful nature causes us to suppress the truth in unrighteousness and not rightly knowing God as a good provider of all our needs, as revealed to us through his Word (Romans 1:18-20; 2 Tim 3:15-16).

  • Question: What is progressive Christianity?

    • Answer: A claim that people are basically good, the Bible is not God's Word and that Jesus' life, death and resurrection is mainly an example of love and tolerance and not about saving sinful humans from the wrath of God. 

  • Question: what is deconstruction?

    • Answer: A postmodern process of rethinking your faith without regarding Scripture (the Bible)  as a standard but yourself as the ultimate guide. (Alisa Childers & Crain)


Monday- Who is God?


  • Question: Who is God?

    • Answer: God is the Creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in his power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice, and truth. Nothing happens except through him and by his will. (NCT, 2, Psalm 86:8–10, 15)

  • Question: What is the standard for what is right and wrong and how do we discover it?

    • Answer: God's nature and character is the standard for what is right and His Word defines what righteousness looks like (Lev. 19; Deut 6; John 14:26; Mark 12:30-31; Romans 2:14-15)

  • Question: What does it mean that God is Holy?

    • Answer: God is completely pure and separate from sin (1Jn 1:5; Is 43;15)

  • Question: What is truth?

    • Answer: that which corresponds to reality. 

  • Question: What is the difference between objective and subjective morality?

    • Answer: Objective morality depends upon an unchanging standard. Subjective morality depends upon the person or culture making the claim and changing. 

  • Question: What is love?

    • Answer: Being committed to your neighbor’s ultimate good as defined by God’s Word/standards. (Lev. 19; Deut 6; John 14:26; Mark 12:30-31) 

  • Question: What is wrong with the secular definition of love?

    • Answer: It is grounded in subjective morality and rejects loving God first and THEN loving your neighbor according to God’s commands. (Matt 22:36-40)



Tuesday- In His Image


  • Question: Why should we start with theology before answering what man is (anthropology)?

    • Answer: Since God created us, he has the rightful authority over all of our life and designed us to honor and worship Him alone (Romans 1; Acts 17:28-30). If we misunderstand who God is and start with our anthropology first, then we will distort who God is (the ultimate) and make a god in our own image. 

  • Question: How and why did God create us?

    • Answer: God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him, and glorify him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to his glory. (NCT, 1, Gen. 1:27)

  • Question: How can we glorify God?

    • Answer: We glorify God by enjoying him, loving him, trusting him, and by obeying his will, commands, and law. (NCT, 6, Deuteronomy 11:1)

  • Question: What is individualism?

    • Answer: Finding your purpose in life apart from any commitments to others that don’t fulfill your own personal goals in life.

  • Question: What is expressive individualism?

    • Answer: “Personal desires indicate identity” (Jeremy Pierre) “Expressive individualism holds that human beings are defined by their individual psychological core, and that the purpose of life is allowing that core to find social expression in relationships. Anything that challenges it is deemed oppressive.” (Carl Trueman)

  • Question: What is marriage?

    • Answer: God-given, voluntary, physical and public social union of one man and one woman, from different families, for the purpose of serving God, reflecting the gospel, protecting children and the stabilization of society (adapted from Christopher Ash) 

  • Question: How can singleness be used to Glorify God?

    • Answer: While all believers are called to find their identity in Christ alone, singles are given a unique gifting to serve the body of Christ, be content in God’s providence & build godly relationships without commitments to a spouse (1 Cor 7).



Wednesday- in Christ alone


  • Question: What is an idol?

    • Answer: Trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our hope and happiness, significance and security (New City Catechism. Q17)

  • Question: How can we discover our idols?

    • Answer: Examining our thoughts, attitude and behavior that do not supremely prize Christ and his Word (Phil 1:21), and are in direct disobedience to his commands (2 Tim 3:16). Testing our heart and seeking if we are seeking comfort, meaning or purpose in anything other than in knowing the Lord (Matt 6:33; Jer 9:23; 1 Tim. 4:8).

  • Question: Why is homosexuality a sin when it feels normal to some people?

    • Answer: Feelings aren’t the determining factor of what is right and wrong. Our sinful nature, with deceitful desires, explains why homosexuality can feel natural to some people. Homosexuality is a sin because it is a distortion of God’s good design for human flourishing in relationships and in marriage between a man and a woman. (Rom 1, Gen 1; 1 Cor 6:9-11)

  • Question: Why is Christ worth building our entire identity around?

    • Answer: Christ created and owns the entire universe, lived a perfect life under the law of God as God the Son, laid down his life for his sheep and took it back up again, and knows that there is no true joy apart from knowing and following Him and is worthy of all our worship (Phil 3:7-8; John 6:68-69; Col 1:16-17; John 6:68, 10:15, 17:3)

  • Question: What is true freedom?

    • Answer: It is becoming free from slavery to sin and knowing the truth about our need for Jesus and turning to him in faith and being free to be a slave to Christ alone (John 8:30-36; Gal. 5:16; Romans 8:1-17). 




Thursday- why Christianity is good for the world


  • Question: Why does the secular world say that Christianity is not good for the world?

    • Answer: Because they believe that Christianity is oppressive, judging is the ultimate sin, our heart is the ultimate guide and God is the ultimate guess and absolute truth claims are arrogant. (Natasha Crain)

  • Question: What is Biblical Justice?

    • Answer: Giving others their due according to God’s Standards of impartiality, due process, and personal responsibility for your actions and not taking revenge (Lev 19:15; Deut 16:19-20, 19:15; Ex 23:1-3).

  • Question: What is secular social justice?

    • Answer: dismantling systems of oppressive according to a neo-marxist lens of what is considered oppressive in the culture and the government redistributing people’s personal property in the name of justice.

  • Question: What are a few ways that the Biblical Worldview has led to more justice and human flourishing around the world?

    • Answer: The Christian worldview led to the abolition of slavery, the building of schools, hospitals, care for orphans, the unborn and widows, limited tyrannical governments, a model for justice and standard against enacting personal vengeance, given a foundation for human dignity, unity, freedom from sin and hope for eternity! (Adapted from Sharon James, is Christianity good for the world?) 



Friday- This is the way (the importance of the local church)


  • Question: What is the church?

    • Answer: The church is both the universal and local body of believers in Jesus who have professed faith in Christ alone, by faith alone through grace alone under the authority of God's Word alone to the Glory of God Alone with properly qualified elders. (Col 1:18;eph 4:11,12; 2 Thess 2:2-9; 1 Peter 5:2-4; 1 Tim 3:1-7)

  • Question: How should every ambassador of Jesus think about the church?

    • Answer: All believers are obligated to join themselves to local churches when and where they have the opportunity. (1 Cor. 12:21-26; Acts 20:28; Matt. 18:15-17; Hebrews 13:17)

  • Question: How can the "witness of the church" be an apologetic to the lost world?

    • Answer: The Church can be a witness to the world by serving others, loving our enemies, praying for our leaders and giving generously to help advance the gospel. (John 13:35)

  • Question: How can consumerism hinder the health of a church?

    • Answer: a Focus on yourself and what “product” you get out of church is damaging to the God-Centered focus and mission of the church and call to sacrificially lay down our lives and use our gifts to build up the body of Christ (Matt 16:25; 28:18-20; Romans 12; Ephesians 4).





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