Sons of Thunder

Sadly, Sons of Thunder is not happening this year (click here for more information on that). But the team at Camp Tadmor still wanted to provide a simple outline of a fun activity that can be done in the spirit of Sons of Thunder. This year we are focusing on the idea of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and new Creation. With this outline and ideas of ways to experience the idea you can explore God's redemptive plan with your son or entire family if you like. The activities at the end are just some suggestions on how you could make the idea an experience. You know your child/children best, and we hope you can make it special for them.

Sons of Thunder 2021 at Home Activities

Read through this outline and make a plan. You could do this over one day or maybe a camping trip or spend the entire summer finding examples of the idea of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and new Creation that are all around us.

Creation

Optional reading: all of Genesis 1 and 2

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Note: God is the creator and God created everything.

Genesis 1:31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning-the sixth day.

Note: God creations were Good, how he intended things to be.

Fall

Optional reading: Genesis 3

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Note: All of mankind is broken and sinful.

Genesis 3:23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.

Note: Because man is sinful mankind can no longer in the perfect Garden or Gods presence.

Redemption

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Note: This is Jesus putting back together what man had broken. That thing is a relationship with God.

1 Corinthians 15:21-22 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

Note: Jesus had to die on the cross to pay for our sins.

John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Note: Jesus is the only way for redemption because he was a prefect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus is the only way to God.

New Creation

1 Corinthians 5:17-19 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

Note: Specifically, to followers of Jesus, God has made us new and is brining us closer to him.

Revelation 21:5 He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."

Note: God will restore creation and only God can remake what he made in the first place.

Activity

All of this is a suggestion or an outline for an idea to drive home the concepts of creation, fall, redemption, and new creation. Use the verses where they apply as you go through the activities. Maybe use of the notes as talking points or ask questions related to them.

Goal

To illustrate to your child how God made all of creation to be in relationship with Him and how mankind severed the relationship through sin. Then, through Jesus's death and resurrection, God fixed what was broken to mend humanity's relationship with Him, so now we await the creation of a new heaven and a new earth.

To point to Creation

  • Take a day or a weekend, get out in nature (creation), go for a hike, or go camping.
  • Talk about how the trees and moss and other plants work together, look around for the little things in creation to point to God's plan and intentionality (nurse logs are a great metaphor for creation, fall, redemption, new creation)

To point to Fall

  • Look for rot and decay.
  • Look for places people have misused and abused God's creation.
    • Evidence of people going off the path to create their own path.
    • Trash (please pick it up!)
    • Crushed plants

To point to Redemption

  • Nurse Log (the tree dying, giving its life, made a way for new life)
  • People have to create roads to get into nature, destroying nature, but it's the only way we get to enjoy God's creation.

To point to New Creation

  • Nurse Log (new trees growing out of the death)
  • A bridge made from wood (the trees had to die, but something new was made out of the wood)

Activities From Home

  • Go into your yard and take a moment to appreciate how things grow.
  • Do yardwork (clean up the yard, grass cutting, weed pulling, tree trimming). Depending on your child you may only want to tackle a small project. You don't want to start out with them hating it.
    • Talk about how you have to take away: everything that's imperfect and ugly to create something beautiful (your own Eden)
    • Take the yard waste and debris to create a mosaic (make a face or recreate a family photo or create a mountain stream, be creative!)
    • Talk about how you took something that you as a family deemed to be imperfect and ugly, and now you're reusing it (or redeeming it) to create something new and beautiful.
    • You can create smaller things with each child, or a big creation with the whole family.
    • For $10 you can get a 2'x 2' piece of plywood, or create something in your driveway, or even on a paper plate.
    • While you are making your "masterpiece" talk about how God is one day going to restore everything to himself in a new heaven and new earth. (What can we look forward to in this New Creation?)

We hope you find this helpful, and it can spark some good questions. Please take this time to ask your kid(s) good life questions. We do Sons of Thunder because we want to create moments were fathers and sons can get away and connect in a way that sometimes feels hard or uncomfortable but is so important to forming young boys into Godly men. Remember dads you are not perfect, but you are not expected to be! Jesus is the only good and perfect human, so take opportunity to use your imperfections to highlight everyone's need for Jesus. We may be able to make a yard look nice or turn an old tree into a bench, but Jesus is the only way to save us from our sins.

Camp Tadmor would love to see you guys out doing your things. Please take picks and load them on Facebook or Instagram. Tag @camp_tadmor and use #tadmorsot.