Super Summer focuses on who ‘Jesus Is’

Campers at Super Summer 2015 are taking in-depth look at who “Jesus Is.”

With the help of camp pastors and musicians, daily quiet times and church-group meetings, campers are learning about the camp theme “Jesus Is.”

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Super Summer. The first camp was held in the summer of 1975 at Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan.

New camp directors this year are taking over for Terry McIlvain. The new directors are Joe Stiles, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church, Lawrence, Kan., and Danny Payne, pastor of Pleasantview Baptist Church, Derby, Kan.

Stiles was a camper at the first Super Summer in 1975. Payne came as a camper a few years later. Both men were youth ministers earlier in their careers and brought groups to Super Summer.

Jon Gillis from Atlanta, Ga., was camp pastor for Weeks 1 and 2. One of his topics was “Jesus is Real” based on the Parable of the Tares (Weeds) in Matthew 13:24.

This Scripture passage was particularly relevant since the wheat field at Webster Conference Center was harvested late in the afternoon on Tuesday, June 23.

“There is a difference between the real and the look-alike,” Gillis told campers.

Since the Garden of Eden, Satan “has been trying to offer substitutes.”

“We live in a world where a lot of things look alike.”

“It is incredibly important to believe that [Jesus] is real and that He will reveal Himself to us.”

During Super Summer Week 3 (July 6-10) Camp Pastor Scott Dawson shared an easy way for campers to share their faith based on an acronym called “FIRM:”

F—Friendly: Be friendly

I—Interests: Ask about the person’s interests

R—Religion: Ask about the person’s religious background. “What kind of religious background do you have?”

M—Message: The message of Christ. “The message of Jesus is how He changed your life. Get to your message quickly. I can share my testimony in three minutes.”

Base your testimony on:

  • My life before Christ
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  • How I realized I needed Christ
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  • What God is doing in my life right now


After sharing your testimony, ask the person, “Has anything like this ever happened to you?”

Dawson challenged campers to memorize these Scriptures.

  • Romans 3:23—All have sinned
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  • Romans 9:8—God loves us
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  • Romans 6:23—It’s your choice
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  • Romans 10:9-10—It can happen to you

Super Summer ends on Friday, July 31. Soon after that the camp directors and Youth Evangelism Staff will start making plans for Super Summer 2016.