EQUIP Boot Camp 2 (Day 4)

The room was dark – small sniffles could be heard between the intimate, heavy words of Isaiah 53. It was a moment of pain, morphing into praise of the Creator-God who willingly came to rescue His creation from the death that our sin requires. We sang,

I once was lost in darkest night yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life had led me to the grave
I had no hope that You would own a rebel to Your will
and if You had not loved me first I would refuse You still

Hallelujah all I have is Christ
Hallelujah Jesus is my life

Camp experienced a shift in attitude last night as we observed the unspeakable importance Genesis 1 holds for those who believe God. The central questions were:

  • –What is the “loud and clear” message from God?
    –Why that message?
    –What different does it make?

Jeremy Lucarelli took us to Hebrews 1, walking through to show that God spoke to us IN JESUS (not just through Jesus, as He spoke through the prophets). “No one [and no thing] did what Jesus did.” He participated in Creation. Everything was made BY Him, and FOR Him (Colossians 1:15-18). 

We were challenged, “If there is a person who holds the universe together by the word of His power, do you invite that person into your life to be your personal assistant, or genie?” Responding appropriately to God and His Word can be one of the hardest things to grasp. We are working hard to continually ask questions that help students to see how Genesis 1-3 goes with them into their classroom, their thoughts, their relationships. 

One way we are responding to the Word during camp is through worship. We start and end the day with worship. In the morning, we gather for a half hour to quiet our hearts, sing, reflect, and pray. It is good to remind our hearts of truth out loud, and the campers this week have been singing strong!

You are the Light of the world, and You understand
every question in my head, and sin of my hand
Yet You call me close again and again
to speak Your love, and work Your plan.

Today we are beginning our chapter study of Genesis 2. Please pray for the students as we look at the Scriptural account of God making man (and woman!). Our goal is for students to know their worth and purpose as an image-bearer of God, and for those truths to sink into the deepest places of insecurity, pain, and fear.

Trusting Him,
The Transform Team

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