EQUIP Boot Camp 2 (Day 3)

Thank you so much to those who have been praying!  We saw the Lord answer our requests yesterday so obviously during class times, as the students were responsive and interacting with both the study of Genesis and discussion with each other. The first full day of camp is always exciting, as we begin the process of overviewing the main passage of Scripture that will be studied this week.

The weather was wonderful for sports time, not overpoweringly hot or muggy. As you can see in the pictures, the sky was a beautiful blue and the campers were enjoying playing together.

Last night, Kay Arthur taught in a way that highlighted WHY we study the Bible inductively. One of Kay’s favorite verses is Daniel 11:32b “the people who know their God will display strength and take action.” Because, as Kay pointed out, “Lies are designed to take you away from believing that every Word God has said is true.” Without knowing God, it’s not possible for students to stand firm in a culture whose definition of success is in direct opposition to God’s.

Without knowing God, we won’t even know why His definition of good is better than the world’s. How He satisfies, comforts, provides, teaches, and interacts. We won’t know how God uses suffering for good, why we don’t have to succumb to the pressures of society, how God intended the world to be, or how intimately involved He is. This is what the students are beginning to see for themselves, as they study the character of God displayed in creation.

That’s why we teach the way we do: without lecturing. Psalm 119:102 says, “I have not turned aside from Your ordinances, for You Yourself have taught me.” That’s also why Main sessions only happen in the evening, AFTER students have spent upwards of five hours studying, wrestling with, and discussing Scripture for themselves.

During class times, the students sit in small groups, with staff members at the tables to help facilitate discussions. The reason we say “facilitate” is because they have been instructed and practiced to answer questions with questions. Our purpose is not to frustrate the students! Rather, we want to be more like tour guides who help them to see firsthand. It is so much better for them to seek out the truth from God’s Word than to just believe what another person says.

Our prayer today is that the students’ “faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:5). Please pray with us that we would be reminded of God’s character and goodness today as we look at Genesis 1 in further detail, looking for what creation says about who God is.

In Him,
Transform Student


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