The Importance of Conferences and Retreats
Oh yeah its that time of the year again. Time for a road trip no mom or dad to tell ya to do your homework no little brothers or sisters to bother you just you, God, and your friends! Its time to get away for a retreat! What a great opportunity to study Gods word, get training, and of course, the social benefits!
So youre gettin-outta-town. (Or at least going somewhere away from your messy room!) Tremendous excitement and challenges are generated as you get away from the usual routine and take time to focus on God. Its hard to avoid "catching" the contagious enthusiasm at retreats. You and your friends return pumped up and ready to allow God to work in and through you.
What can we expect God to do through opportunities like this? Well, let me name a few! In
1 Corinthians 3:9, the Bible says, "For we are Gods fellow workers; you are Gods field, Gods building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it." You can expect that the foundation you have laid in someones life will be built upon. Also, as you grow in the knowledge of Christ, you will become effective in your faith and reach out to your friends more effectively (Philemon 1:6). As you study and are taught, you will grow in your ability to accurately handle Gods Word, and you know how important that is in todays society!
Sounds like fun, doesnt it? And not only is it fun, but its food for the soul, too. If youve ever been on a road trip with a bunch of friends who wanna grow closer to God, you probably have some awesome memories, new friends and hilarious stories of pranks that you still laugh about. One retreat or conference can be as valuable in a persons life as a whole semester of Bible studies, so you can see why it would be worth it to put a little effort into trying to get your friends there!