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  • Writer's pictureRiley Ellis

What Does Camp Firwood Believe About God and the Bible?

Camp Firwood is a Christian camp, meaning it agrees with the fundamental axioms of Christianity –– summarized in the historic Apostles' Creed and Nicene Creed.


From this point of agreement, Camp Firwood diverges from other expressions of Christianity. These are the more enigmatic theological talking points where Christianity, as a universal institution, differs in belief.


Much of Camp Firwood's doctrinal statement consists of such things. If you are interested in a further commentary on our beliefs, then this article will prove immensly helpful.


Two Camp Firwood employees in a ski boat smiling and posing for a photo

WHAT DOES CAMP FIRWOOD BELIEVE ABOUT THE BIBLE

Camp Firwood believes that the Bible is the word of God. Through guidance from various Scriptures, we hold that God, the Creator of the universe, inspired the forty different authors of the Bible to create the coherent collection of holy books that we have today (2 Tim. 3:16-7; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; 1 Cor. 2:13).


We believe that the Bible is infallible and entirely trustworthy, meaning that in our pursuit of Christ-likeness, it remains our primary guide, teaching us to deny ungodliness and live sensibly in our day-to-day (2 Tim. 3:16-7).


What does Camp Firwood Believe about Sin?

We believe that sin is the human condition, inherited through the downfall of Adam in the garden of Eden, separating us from God and righteousness (Rom 3:23; 6:23). This is known as original sin, made a universal Christian belief through the work and preaching of St. Augustine in the 4th century.

Because of our birth into sinfulness and our subsequent separation from God, we believe that it is necessary to be reborn through the salvation of Jesus Christ, thereby becoming a new creation –– no longer slaves to sin but to righteousness (John 1:12; 3:3; Eph 2:8-10; Rom 6:17-18).

What Does Camp Firwood believe about Justification?

Camp Firwood holds to the sole fide view of justification, which translates to faith alone. Coined by the gospel accounts, realized by Paul, and reinvigorated by Martin Luther during the Protestant Reformation, we believe that salvation has always been determined by faith in Christ, not by works (Luke 7:50; Eph 2:8-9; Rom 8:23-25).


What Does Camp Firwood believe about The Church?

Through the teachings of the New Testament, we believe that the Church is the body of the risen Christ. He is therefore the head of the universal Church, instructing us and guiding us according to his divine plan (Eph 1:22-23; 5:25-30; 1 Peter 1:9-10).


Because of this, members of the Church ought to live apart from the devices of the world, reflecting the kingdom of God in all things.


What Does Camp Firwood Believe about Sex and Marriage?

Since the beginning, God created man and women to be in marital union, reflecting His divine relationship with the Church. (Gen 2:24; Eph. 5:31-33). Along with this, we hold to the view that God created two distinct sexes, male and female, and that human sexuality reflects the goodness of God's creation.


From the gospel accounts and traditions of Scripture, we believe that marriage is completed through covenant and consummated through sexual relations. Thus, sexual relations outside of covenantal marriage, we believe, are immoral and separate from God's intentions (Matt 19:5-6).

Closing Remarks: Why does Camp Firwood have a Belief Statement?

Camp Firwood is evangelistic, meaning it seeks to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to all those who come to camp. As such, we expect our summer staff to sign our statement of faith, accepting our approach to Christianity for the entirety of the summer.


For campers, alignment with our beliefs is certainly not necessary. If some of these topics arise during camp, our staff will adopt an approach from our statement of faith.


That said, our goal at Camp Firwood is not to propagate anything more than a single, central axiom: Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. The simple gospel of Christ remains our top priority during a week at camp, and if these complex and ambiguous ideologies arise, our staff is trained to approach the situation from grace and understanding. With open ears and open arms.


Follow this link to register for Camp Firwood. If you are looking for a position on summer staff, see our application page.





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