I returned home yesterday from Accelerate 2006, our youth summer camp, which was held this year at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. It was another incredible week at camp. We did some whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River on Thursday. The water was cold, but it was “the extreme,” my mantra during the 1 ½ hour excursion. Worship, led by Matt Jackson, was smokin’ as always and Michael Rowan did a great job in the evening services. Tuesday night was the highlight for me, as it was for most.
Pastor Michael preached on the brokenness of Christ. He preached—in graphic terms—on the cruelty of the crucifixion and then used a terracotta pot for a great illustration. He took a sledge hammer and cracked the pot into large chunks. He then broke the large chucks in smaller pieces as he preached hard on Christ’s death for our sins. He gave an altar call and led a large group in prayers of repentance. He then instructed those who were responding to take a piece of the broken pottery to remember the brokenness of Christ. It was powerful.
After the service, I grabbed three pieces and put them in my pocket. I told our students that I was going to carry those three pieces in my pocket for forty days as a memorial. I thought the broken pottery was very sacramental. I give God thanks for the incredible work that he did at camp. I pray that our students –and all the students present—will be forever changed into world changers in the world in which they live.