Thirsty – AIM Summer Camp 2012

“Thirsty”
Summer 2012 AIM Camp Curriculum

Latham Springs Camp, Aquilla, TX

June 19th-23rd, 2012

Introduction:
This camp curriculum is written as a 4-session series for AIM Camp Summer 2012.

Big Idea:
Jesus is the Living Water, and only He can truly satisfy our thirst in life.

Bible Focus:
Thirst is a major theme of the Bible, showing up from Exodus to Revelation. God uses it as a metaphor for our spiritual thirst and how it can only be quenched by Him. We will focus on 4 major points of this Biblical theme:

1. Desert Thirst (Exodus)
2. Soul Thirst (Psalms and Isaiah)
3. Jesus the Living Water (John)
4. The Eternal Water of Life (Revelation)

Memory Verse:
Psalm 42:1
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.”

 

Tuesday: Desert Thirst

Summary: The Israelites wandered in the wilderness and complained first of bad water, then of thirst. God turned the bad water into sweet water and then later quenched this physical thirst by providing water for them when Moses struck the rock.

Scriptures:

Ex. 15:22   Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water.  23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.)  24 So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?” 25 Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet.

Num. 20:2-13   Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron.  3 They quarreled with Moses and said, “If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the LORD!  4 Why did you bring the LORD’s community into this desert, that we and our livestock should die here?  5 Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates. And there is no water to drink!” 6 Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the LORD appeared to them.  7 The LORD said to Moses,  8 “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” 9 So Moses took the staff from the LORD’s presence, just as he commanded him.  10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?”  11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.12 But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” 13 These were the waters of Meribah, where the Israelites quarreled with the LORD and where he showed himself holy among them.

Deut. 8:15 He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock.

Is. 48:21 They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts; he made water flow for them from the rock; he split the rock and water gushed out.

Discussion:

1. Describe in detail what it feels like to be really, really thirsty. Have you ever felt so thirsty you thought you were going to die?
2. What does it feel like when you take a nice long drink of cold water after being really thirsty?
3. If you would have been in the desert with the Israelites, would you have wanted to go home or would you stick it out?
4. How did God provide Moses and the Israelites water in the desert?
5. How does God provide for your physical needs each day?

Memory Verse Practice:

Psalm 42:1
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.”

 

Wednesday: Soul Thirst

Summary: The Psalmist and Isaiah poetically write about how there is a thirst that is greater than physical thirst – our spiritual thirst. Our souls thirst for God the same way our bodies thirst for water.

Scriptures:
Psa. 42:2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

Psa. 63:1 O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Psa. 107:9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

Psa. 143:6 I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah

Is. 44:3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.

Is. 55:1 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.

Discussion:

1. Have you ever felt “dry” in your faith in God?
2. Where is your soul? Can you describe what you think your soul is?
3. What does it feel like when your soul is hungry?
4. What is it like when your soul feels satisfied?
5. What are some things that can satisfy our souls?

Memory Verse Practice:

Psalm 42:1
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.”

 

Thursday: Jesus the Living Water

Summary: In the book of John, we find Jesus speaking with the woman at the well about how to truly satisfy our thirst in life. He then goes to the Feast of Tabernacles and invites any who are thirsty to come to Him and drink. This is all ironically pulled together by his very own cry from the cross, “I am thirsty.”

Scriptures:
Matt. 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

John 4:13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

John 4:15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

John 7:37 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.

John 19:28 Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”

Discussion:

1. Jesus broke a cultural rules when he spoke to the woman at the well. Men (especially rabbis) weren’t supposed to talk to non-family females (especially strangers). Why do you think Jesus did this?
2. Imagine that you’re the woman at the well. What is going through your head as this man is talking to you? What is going through your head once he tells you all about your life (without you telling him)?
3. Jesus told her that something can satisfy her thirst. What was that?
4. How can Jesus satisfy your spiritual thirst in life?

Memory Verse Practice:

Psalm 42:1
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.”

 

Friday: The Eternal Water of Life

Summary: In Revelation, we learn that the eternal water of life is free and available to whoever wants to drink of it. Come to Jesus, the eternal living water of life.

Scriptures:
Rev. 21:6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.

Rev. 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.

Discussion:

1. Does the water of life cost anything? Why not? (Jesus paid all that was necessary with his life)
2. How long does the water of life last? (forever)
3. Would you like to drink from the eternal water of life? Why?

Memory Verse Practice:

Psalm 42:1
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.”

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