Hands on Learning – Opening Minds to Understand

The informal hands on learning experience that happens at camp attracted me to outdoor ministry. That’s a big reason I often write an “Inspired by Creation” post; it has some kind of informal “on the trail” Bible life application.

This experienced based learning, as we often call it, was very much in the mainstream of Christ’s teaching methods. His very life gave many experienced based lessons to His followers. Luke 24:39-44 introduces Christ to His followers after His resurrection. This reincarnation to His friends provides a sensory attestation of His presence; His resurrection as promised becomes a tangible, indelible memory and teachable moment.

To the disbelief surrounding Him He says, “Behold my hands, my feet and see that I am He… handle Me and see!”

Our senses bring our minds to life. I think a lot of minds are instantly engaged with Jesus at this moment! Their senses now engaged their minds to thought, interaction and memory. And so we read in verse 45, after he has engaged their minds with this extraordinary experiential learning moment that “He opened their minds to understand the Scripture.” His teaching not understood before now becomes real. The ultimate hands on learning experience!

Campers come to camp and their senses come alive. New sights, new sounds, smells, routines…. All these new experiences engage minds to open and hear the gospel message.

I’ll be expanding this concept in the days ahead. I’ll be interested in hearing how you are inviting campers to come, touch and see the gospel with hands on lessons that so naturally happen at camp.


About the Ordinary Hiker

A Christian camp director for many years, I enjoy ministry and being outdoors. I refer to God's creative wonder as the testimony of creation, a special place where God brings His word to life. Its where I like to be and where God speaks in His gentle voice in the awe of His creative work.
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