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What "marks" the life of someone who has been born again?

Belief. Obedience. Love.

1 John 5:13 says, "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life." The book of 1 John was written to Christian's in need of the assurance that the faith they had in Christ was genuine. He wanted the church to know they could know if their faith was genuine so that they might be sure of their salvation.


How could they know?

John argues that there are certain "marks" or "indicators" in the life of a person who has been born again. He says that a believer can draw assurance by examining their belief in Jesus, their obedience to His commands, and their love for one another.


This year, students at Thrive camp will be walking through the book of 1 John so that "they may know they have eternal life."

Who will be at camp this year?
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Erik Reed

Erik is the Founder and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church ( in Lebanon, TN, a church that exists to show Jesus as incomparably glorious. He also founded Knowing Jesus Ministries (, a non-profit organization which exists to proclaim timeless truth for everyday life. Erik has been married to Katrina since 2002, and has three children: Kaleb (who went to be with the Lord on December 1st, 2019), Kaleigh Grace, and Kyra Piper.

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Matt Gaskin

Matt Gaskin is a worship leader based in Fort Worth, TX, and has been leading worship in churches, at camps, conferences, and various ministry events since 2012. He currently serves on staff at The Mount Church in Keller, TX. He desires to lead in the gathered worship of Jesus Christ and declare the good news of the gospel through Scripture and song. Matt is married to Cally, and they have a son named Crew.

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We're looking forward to sharing our 2023 Emcee soon!

What are "After Parties?"

Thrive Camp "After Parties" are large group gatherings following our evening worship session where students are encouraged to interact, laugh, and enjoy time together. These gatherings are short, high energy, last-part-of-the-night celebrations on the lighted basketball courts... and they are THEMED!


Campers over the last two years have had a blast searching their closets and their local thrift stores for outfits and accessories for these parties to make some memories!

Monday Night: Disco Dance Night

Our first after-party is going to be funky. Can you imagine a giant disco ball, laser lights, and 70's bell bottom jeans? If so, you can imagine Disco Dance Night.

Tuesday Night: Jock Jamboree

Whoomp! There it is! It's a mixtape of jock jams at our Jock Jamboree. Students will enter through a smoky sports entry-tunnel before they "Jump" and "Pump up the Jam!" We recommend your student "gets ready to rumble" in a parent's letter jacket, some retro basketball gear, or some sports windbreakers!


Wednesday Night: Senior Shindig

On Wednesday night we won't be "flying to the moon" but we will be flying back in time. Sort of. At our Wednesday after party, we recommend fuzzy slippers, a cane, and anything else comfortable for those about to play bingo... because after we play some Jerry Lee Lewis and Same Cooke, we'll be playing bingo. Literally! 

Thursday Night: Worship on the Beach

Our last After Party will be a special one. On our last night, we'll ditch the outfits, lights, and DJ sounds for a night of acoustic worship led by our camp band right on the beach. Tiki torches and loud voices. This will be a night to remember.

What will your student get at camp this year?
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A comfortable

camp-themed t-shirt.

A camp-themed student book that includes small group lessons and quiet time devotionals.

An unforgettable, life-changing beach camp experience.

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