>Lessons Learned – Part One

>After operations in Vietnam, our track commanders would gather together for “lessons learned,” what had we seen, smelled, observed, not seen etc during that operation?

After this summer, I will be penning some “lessons learned” from several weeks of teen camp ministry in several states.

Alas, the chief observation is the continued growth of Biblical illiteracy.

I don’t expect teens to be scholars, but I’d hope they could find the gospel of John…many can not…and these are not unsaved students or from “liberal” churches…but from “Bible-believing, Christ-exalting, evangelical” churches.

I often ask a group of teens what the greatest commandment is…to virtually no answer. Yes, I recognize that many won’t participate for fear of saying the wrong thing, but the blank looks can’t be faked.

It is frightening. I am convinced that I could be the guest speaker in any local congregation, and, after being introduced, could say something like, “Good morning, it’s a pleasure to be with you, let’s turn to Second Hezekiah chapter 5” and (assuming there were any Bibles present) pages would start to turn.

My paramount observation of camp ministry 2010 is that the disease of illiteracy, Biblical illiteracy, is rampant, growing, and a major, major concern.

Which, of course, is the chief reason I continue to be a proponent of Bible quizzing…not for the competition, certainly not for the stupid trophies and medals that end up in Salvation Army bins…not for the nationals trips; but for the fact that day-by-day teens are memorizing chunks of God’s Word in context.

It is not a “cure” in and of itself, but I gladly prescribe it to all!

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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