Bible Conference Ignites Spiritual Growth

Academy-age students participated in a Youth Bible Conference at Auburn Adventist Academy in May.

The morning began with music from Auburn students followed by a prayer time where students tried new-to-them prayer techniques. David Yeagley, Washington Conference youth director and event planner, introduced silence — a method where prompts of prayer are used to encourage in-depth devotion with God. Students were surprised how quickly time passed and how easy it was to talk with God.

LeClare Litchfield, former Collegedale Academy chaplain, explained to students that to have successful lives, they must listen to God and, most importantly, "don't get ready, but live ready."

After lunch, teens branched off to student-led Bible studies to talk openly about God with peers. The small-group setting allowed for students to take down masks and walls, and openly talk about how God helps people.

The afternoon session taught how much God loves us and the importance of not being spiritual anorexics. Litchfield encouraged students to "soak in the Word everyday [because] we can't survive without communication from God."

Students enjoyed the variety of worship forms and learning about new Bible study, prayer, and witnessing techniques.

"The whole day had so much energy!" says Grace Hunt, an AAA sophomore.

Students were encouraged to make an impact in their world and express God in an upbeat manner because their personal witness may be the flicker that starts a flame.

August 01, 2011 / Washington Conference