Yesterday was such a comforting example of God’s sovereignty and His demand for faith. The morning started with a sweet mini main session focussed on the concept of keeping the Sabbath and that resting and remembering God’s character isn’t optional for believers.
Then came classroom time.
The approach and structure of the classroom time is probably one of the most unique and intentional aspects of EQUIP Boot Camp. Students are organized based on their level of experience with inductive Bible study, and staff (both teachers and table leaders) are paired for the purpose of serving those students’ needs.
Classroom time gets structured to meet and challenge the students at the same time. From being-late-penalties such as singing or dancing in front of the class, to serious table discussions through the Scripture passages, it’s all a labor of the staff’s love to get into the Word and lead in a way that points to its sufficiency.
But for all the intentionality, there seemed to be a number of walls yesterday. Perhaps it was because the passage of Ephesians 2 is so familiar, but there were various trials that came as the students kept digging into the Word. The teachers had a sweet time of sharing and praying for each other and the students, and a reading of 2 Corinthians 4 to encourage our hearts to continue in faithfulness and hope in the One who does all the work anyways.
We trust God, and because of that we are full of hope and expectancy. We are striving to “look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are not seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16,18)
The Lord caused a summer storm *right after* sports time was over, which was a big blessing. It also meant that the campers and staff got an extra half hour of time together, enjoying fellowship and discussing the Scriptures.
Jeremy Lucarelli delivered the main session message and it. was. powerful. He made His structure clear, in that the discussion of Ephesians 2 would be a bungee jump from the 50,000 foot view of God’s story throughout history (creation, rebellion, redemption, and restoration).
Jeremy did not once water down the seriousness of sin: “We are not sinners because we sin. We sin because we are sinners…varsity level, going to the olympics sinners, by nature children of wrath” because “we have failed to love God supremely in our hearts. We have failed to love others as ourselves” and we have no ability to blame anyone or any thing for it.
With the same passion (maybe even more, if that’s possible), Jeremy went through a thorough process of explaining that “you are helpless. BUT GOD. You are not hopeless.”
We’re standing in those truths today, that “our first birth is like our second birth: we had nothing to do with it.” and that “every page of the Bible drips with God’s love.”
Please pray for the students today as we study Ephesians 3, that God would grant us from His riches to be strengthened in the inner man so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith! It is our deepest desire that the whole camp would know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, because it is Him and His love that makes us alive today and forever!
In Him who can do far more abundantly than we could ever ask or think,
The Transform Team