Philosophy of Ironwood
The goals and objectives of our camp ministry are based on these applications of the Word of God, the Holy Bible.
- The Word of God is the unchanging source of all faith and growth and the rulebook for all Christian behavior (Romans 10:17; John 17:17; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Timothy 2:15).
- People have eternal souls and need to be born again through the power and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 John 5:12; Romans 3:23; Mark 10:13–16; Luke 19:10).
- The value of camp as a tool to be used to reach people for the Lord Jesus Christ is constantly increasing in our complex, materialistic society (Matthew 18:1–14; Romans 10:13; 2 Timothy 3:1–7, 13).
- True salvation will result in permanently changed lives which will be evidenced in the life of the believer (2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 2:3; John 15:5–6).
- After salvation Christians are instructed to grow in grace and in the knowedge of our Lord Jesus Christ and of spiritual things (2 Peter 3:18; 2:2; Hebrews 5).
- Growth in the Christian life is a process that aims toward spiritual maturity and is aided by decisions, truly made, that are stepping stones to new levels of growth (Colossians 1:28–29; Colossians 2:6–7; Ephesians 2:10; 2 Peter 1:5–9).
- The process of growth toward spiritual maturity includes 1) the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer, 2) knowledge of and obedience to the Word of God, and 3) the genuine made decision of the believer to yield to the Holy Spirit and obey the Scripture (John 16:13; 14:17; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 3:16–17; 1 John 2:27; Ezekiel 36:27; Romans 8:9; 6:11–17; Ezra 7:10).
- The process of growth begins with the new believer taking an open stand for Jesus Christ, starting at camp and following through at home and among friends (Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:11).
- The key to successful Christian living and growth is the prayerful study of and obedience to the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16–17).
- A vital decision in every growing Christian’s life is the decision to surrender all to Jesus Christ. This decision will result in a desire for obedience to God’s will (Romans 12:1–2).
- Every Christian needs to establish Bible convictions in their lives. Convictions are basically the inner determination to obey the Scripture as one understands it today and results in the daily practice of Christlikeness (Daniel 1:8; Luke 6:47–49; Romans 8:29).
- Planning, organizing, and setting things in an orderly fashion is pleasing to our Lord and aids in accomplishing our ministry, as long as all such plans are consistent with God’s will (James 4:13–15; 1 Corinthians 14:40; Luke 14:28–33).
- The most important thing to do with a life is to invest it in something of eternal value (Matthew 6:33; 1 Corinthians 3:11–14; 1 John 2:17; 2 Corinthians 4:1, 16–18).
- A Christian should not divide his life and activities into sacred and secular categories. A Christian must realize that everything he is doing must be done as for the Lord (1 Corinthians 10:31; Luke 2:52; Colossians 3:17).
- Because the Christian’s body is the temple of God, it is important to take good care of it and also to keep it separate from sin and worldliness (1 Corinthians 6:19–20; 1 Timothy 4:8; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 1 John 2:15–16).
- Sin is entangling and progressive and must be dealt with immediately and biblically (Proverbs 5:22; 28:13; Joshua 7:21; Galatians 6:1; 1 John 1:9)
12. Self-sacrificing, others-first love is necessary to reach and teach people for the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 13:1; Psalm 126:6; Romans 9:1–3; Matthew 22:37–40).
- In this day of hypocrisy and double standards, it is vital that young people see in the counselors and our guests see in our staff a living example of Jesus Christ. It is also vital to teach both children and parents not to be hypocritical in their own lives (1 Timothy 4:12; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Ephesians 5:1; 2 Timothy 3:10–14).
- A person of any age can be saved, but many people who are Christians today were saved as a child; therefore, we especially need to get the gospel to as many children and young people as possible. This salvation comes through a heart belief and faith. Salvation is presented to all of our campers (Matthew 18:2–6; Romans 10:9–10; Ephesians 2:8–9).
- Not every Christian will form the same convictions based on the same passage of Scripture. Where we can truly hold our convictions and still tolerate and fellowship with those holding different preferences and convictions, we should. Where someone is clearly violating an absolute command or precept found in the Word of God, there should be no compromise, but rather separation (Romans 14; 1 Corinthians 8; 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1; 1 Peter 1:13–16).\
- Parents have the primary responsibility for the teaching and bringing up of their children. We are a tool to help them accomplish their God-given responsibility and to strengthen the family (Ephesians 6:1–4; Colossians 3; Deuteronomy 6).
- Our goal is to serve local churches and strengthen families with adult retreats by providing challenging retreats as a tool for the church’s use (Matthew 28:18–20; 2 Peter 3:18; Hebrews 5:11–14).
- We are not a church, but God gave gifts to the churches in the form of evangelists and teachers to aid the church in fulfilling its mission to perfect, edify, and disciple (Ephesians 4:11–12; Romans 12:3–8).