Our kids recently returned from CentriKid summer camp, and it was a blast! You can read all about it in my previous blog post. Each day, campers discovered what it means to grow in your faith. And not only did the kids get a chance to dive into God’s Word, so did the adults. Each day, the adults gathered as well for their own Bible study gathering.
I wanted to share with you some of what we covered in our adult gatherings so that you can talk with your kids more about what it means to grow in your faith. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting parts of devotionals from those adult gatherings we had at camp. This way, you can experience just a taste of the great Bible content CentriKid has to offer for adult believers. (Note: If you want to experience the craziness of OMC, you can sign up as an adult chaperone for the 2016 camp today!)
Part 1: A Disciple is a Follower of Jesus
Take a look at the pictures below.
A popular trend is repurposing and remodeling old and broken items, furniture, and homes. The “before” photos are of condemned homes. These homes were forgotten and unoccupied. The “after” photos are of the same homes after someone spent countless hours transforming them back into something useful and beautiful. In order to restore a house well, you must start on the inside and completely renovate the entire structure. In the end, you might recognize a few of the old features, but it has essentially become a new creation. Before beginning a relationship with Jesus and accepting His gift of salvation, you were like one of the broken, condemned homes.
Think about this verse:
Isaiah 59:2 says “But your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have made Him hide His face from you so that He does not listen.“ This was your state prior to Christ’s intervention.
Take a piece of paper or sticky note and write down “Before & After.” Under the word “before,” write a few adjectives that describe your life before you became a follower of Jesus.
Read and reflect on the following passages:
Through a personal relationship, Jesus offers the opportunity for you to be completely transformed. Like a condemned house, putting a coat of paint on the outside does no good. Through the power of the gospel, the sin that separates you from God is completely destroyed, and your entire being is changed from the inside out into something new. If you are a follower of Jesus, you are a new creation!
Pick up your “Before & After” paper again, and under after, list and reflect on the ways your life has changed since becoming a follower of Jesus. Keep this paper as a reminder of the difference Christ has made.