EQUIP Boot Camp 3: IMAGE BEARERS (Day 5)

Today’s study can evoke one of two responses: great controversy or deep introspection. It is our prayer that our campers would view the world and their value through the lens of God’s design. Today at EQUIP Boot Camp we are studying God’s design for man and woman.

We have already seen how God creates and fashions different parts of creation. Each of those Hebrew words (bara and yatsar, respectively) show a different aspect of God’s creativity. One of the classroom leaders demonstrated what God might have done by kneeling down, molding the man by hand from the dust. Then the campers discussed “What does that tell you about God’s intimacy with us?” He cares about us in a way that He didn’t just speak, but He handcrafted mankind. They are learning that God has knit every single one of us intentionally.

We are all created to be image bearers of God. But that image has been distorted. God didn’t intend racism, murder, slavery, abortion, sexual abuse, or neglect to be a part of His image, but the reality is those things are a part of many of our stories.

Now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices an have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image or it’s creator. (Ephesians 3:8-10)

As Jeremy Lucarelli shared last night, he used a mirror to display how he was intended to be a reflection of God, His image bearer. But as life happened, that image became marred. The mirror was covered in play dough and markers. The only way that reflection could be restored is by Jesus’ redeeming work on the cross.

How does that impact us as we study man and woman today? These are concepts that all weave together what we are studying today: God’s design for man and woman. Just as each human being uniquely reveals aspects of God’s image, so do male and female. Campers will be discussing today the implications of God’s specific design of male, then female. Yet each are equally made in God’s image. 

How will we be impacted now? Today? As we interact with each other at camp? How does this reflected in our behavior this week as we compete in sports? What about our conversation when we sit down to share a meal? How will this new belief carry into our lives back home? What about when it gets hard? 

We look forward to unpacking this throughout the remainder of the week! 

Thank you so much for your prayers! We are so thankful to be able to see what God is doing this week. Please continue to lift EQUIP Boot Camp up to our Great Designer for our health, strength and energy. Pray for the students to be able to focus as we keep studying. Pray for clarity as they discover God’s design for gender, marriage and the view they have of their self. We are praying they won’t be distracted by the minute details that could distract them from seeing the greatness of God. 

In His Image, 

The Transform Team 

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