Statement of Faith
All Camp Cherith board members and camp workers serving in any capacity shall be committed to Christ and his service and seek to manifest the kind of life expressed in Romans 12:10 -12.
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.” (NIV)
- In one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (John 14:16- 17; Matthew 28:19). Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man (Matthew 1:18-23).
- In the Scriptures of Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired by God, inerrant in the original writings, and of supreme and final authority in faith and life (2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
- We were created in the image of God; we sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born in sin and this sinful nature is the origin of all sinful acts in thought, word and deed (Genesis 1:26; Romans 5:12; Isaiah 59:2; Romans 6:23).
- The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe in him are justified on the ground of his shed blood (Romans 5:8-9).
- All who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, and thereby become children of God (John 1:12; Romans 8:9).
- In the bodily resurrection of Christ and his ascension to heaven, and in his present work as High Priest and Advocate (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 4:14-16).
- In the personal return of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
- In the bodily resurrection of the just to everlasting blessedness, and the unjust to everlasting punishment (Acts 24:15; Revelation 20:15; Romans 6:23).
- In the equal value of all persons by upholding the God-given worth of all human beings, from conception to death, as the unique image-bearers of God. (Gen. 1:27; Psalm 8:3- 8, 139:13-16)
- That God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Genesis 1:26-27.)
- That God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union. (Genesis 2:18-25, Matthew 19:1-9, Ephesians 5:22-33,Romans 1:18-32, Hebrews 13:4)
- We believe that we honor God by caring for the world He created. We are to be good and faithful stewards by thoughtfully using and not abusing the earth’s resources (Gen. 1:1-2:3, Deut. 10:14, Psalms 19:1-6, 24:1, Luke 19:40)
Unifying Denominational Differences
Since many denominational groups are involved in the Pioneer Clubs and Camp Cherith programs, Camp Cherith staff members are asked not to promote or practice denominational distinctives which are not found in the Camp Cherith Statement of Faith. We encourage the unity we find through the Holy Spirit by adhering to the basic beliefs we hold in common.
Core Values and Philosophy:
“Christ in Every Phase of a Camper’s Life” is at the heart of the Camp Cherith philosophy. We incorporate it into every part of our camping program using the Core Values of the Association of Cedarbrook Camps:
Campers will develop a deeper appreciation of God’s creation and an increased sense of our environmental stewardship responsibilities. Campers will enjoy and feel comfortable in the outdoor environment and care for it appropriately.
Encourage and support campers’ growth in their personal relationship with God by providing opportunities to:
- Recognize and act on the need to accept Christ as personal Savior and Lord over every area of life.
- Study and memorize God’s word and apply Biblical principles to daily life.
- Participate in personal and group worship, devotional time, prayer and reflection.
Relationships and Community
Provide opportunities for campers to experience and build successful, positive individual and community relationships that are consistent with Biblical principles.
Skill-Building and Individual Development
Provide opportunities for campers to have fun, discover and celebrate their God-given value, uniqueness and abilities, develop increased competence and self-confidence, courage, and perseverance through learning and improving in challenging, skill-building activities.