Published June 13, 2013
Royal Ambassadors is a uniquely Southern Baptist missions education program which involves Bible study and Scripture memorization as well as camp crafts and outdoor activities which sharpen young boys skills in the great outdoors.
The organization is divided into two age groups – Lad for those ages 6-8 (grades 1-3) and Crusader for ages 9-11 (grades 4-6).
Here is how Mike Flowers, Camp Kaleo director and GBC state missionary, describes the various elements in the RAs pledge in shaping a biblical worldview of today’s young men.
An ambassador is someone who represents a king in the court of others. A Royal Ambassador is a representative of Christ in all those “courts” of his life … his home, state, nation, and world … in other words, in all the mission fields where he finds himself.
This means I will give my all, my first fruits, to God; I will push myself to the limit in all that I do, whether it is playing football, taking an exam, or witnessing to a friend..
This addresses discipleship. Christ taught us to make disciples, not “decisions.”
What was the driving force of Christ? To do the will of his Father. What is the effect of that? To seek and to save that which is lost. An RA needs to show that same concern for all people; that’s evangelism.
This is where missions skills are taught so the boys, as they grow into men, will be empowered to carry the message of Christ everywhere they go. They will see their life as a mission field.
This part of the pledge represents our cooperation with Christians within our own church, other churches and Associations, and with our mission boards in the work of sharing Christ in keeping with the Great Commission, Acts 1:8, and the Great Commandment.
This means the RA will remain morally pure and holy because God is holy. He will consecrate his body to the service of God.
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