Lessons from Galatians

Every year, my oldest son (now 15) attends Christians In Training at Bair Lake Bible Camp. And ever year, he asks if he can write a post about what he learned at camp. This is the third installment of that “series.”

4 Topics to Take Out of Galatians

galatiansThis year at CIT, our main focus book was Galatians. Some of the many seminars were Galatians, The Gospel, Justification by Faith, Biblical Generosity, Servanthood, Idols of the Heart, Evangelism and Worship. The four seminars that stuck out for me were Galatians, The Gospel, Justification by Faith, and Biblical Generosity. These four seminars helped me come up with four topics to take out of Galatians.

  1. The Gospel (Galatians 1:3-5)
  2. Don’t add anything to the Gospel (Galatians 1:6-9)
  3. The Gospel came from God (Galatians 1:11-12)
  4. The Gospel is about Jesus
  5. Freedom (Galatians 3:22-25)

In the Galatians’ seminar, the teacher (Rick Larmen) said that the main word to take out of Galatians is “freedom.”

  1. Christ has freed us from the curse (law) (Galatians 3:13-14)
  2. Before Christ we were slaves to the law, after Christ were are freed from the law (Galatians 3:23-25)
  3. Justification by faith (Galatians 3:6-9)
  4. Justification is an act of God the Father (Galatians 3:7)
  5. We are declared righteous (Galatians 3:11-14)
  6. We become children of God (Galatians 3:26-29)
  7. Biblical generosity (Galatians 6:6-10)
  8. Support your supporters (Galatians 6:6)
  9. A man reaps what he sows (Galatians 6:7)
  10. If you are not generous, it will come back to bite you (Galatians 6:8)
  11. Never give up (Galatians 6:9)
  12. Invest in everyone especially Christians (Galatians 6:10)
  13. Be generous when you get the opportunity (Galatians 6:10)

Thanks to these seminars, I learned that Galatians is more than a letter. It can teach you many things like how to be biblically generous or what the gospel is.

Check out Jonathan’s other posts from his first two years at CIT:

3 Reasons to Pray

970572_409455679172640_1316185825_nLast year at about this same time, my oldest son wrote a guest post (5 Lessons from 2 Timothy) based on reflections from his first year at a Christians in Training (CIT) summer camp at Bair Lake Bible Camp in Jones, MI. He attended the camp again this year and is back with additional reflections from what he learned at CIT.

(Picture to right: Jonathan is the first kid sitting on another’s shoulders starting from the left. He’s wearing the red shirt.)

3 Reasons to Pray by Jonathan Scare

“I don’t know what to write about,” I told my mom.

“Well, just let me know. Make sure you pray about it before you decide,” she replied.

So, I prayed and thought about if I had something to write, and the idea to write about 3 reasons to pray and how I would apply them came to mind.

Reason #1: So we can be more godly.

One of the main reasons for lack of godliness is prayerlessness.

Application: I will pray more, so I can be more like God.

Reason #2: Because prayer is expected.

Jesus expects us to pray.

“Jesus told his disciples they should always pray…” (Luke 18:1)

“Devote yourselves to prayer.” (Colossians 4:2)

“Pray continually.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Application: I want to pray because God expects it.

Reason #3: So we can learn about it.

Prayer can be learned by praying, by meditating on Scripture, by praying with others and by reading about prayer.

Application: I will pray, so I can get better at it.

Mom’s Note

My husband and oldest son are a lot alike. They don’t mince words and are very matter-of-fact. Yet, in their simplicity with words, they have a wisdom that will forever awe me. My son wants to pray to be more like God, because Jesus expects it and to learn more about it. Really, what more is there to prayer?

Mom’s Application: I will quit making prayer more difficult than it needs to be.

DISCUSSION: How could Jonathan’s simple view of prayer change your prayer life?

Christians in Training: 5 Lessons from 2 Timothy

The topic for today’s blog post was decided a month or so ago. Then my oldest son (13) came home from Bible camp this past Saturday and asked, “Mommy, will you write a blog post about my week at camp?” Of course, there was no way I could refuse, especially after he agreed to write out the 5 things he learned at camp that he wanted to focus on in his life.

5 Lessons from 2 Timothy

I. Practical Ways to Live Unashamed for Our Lord (2 Timothy 1)

  1. Refresh your gift (v. 6)
  2. Serve with courage (v. 7)
  3. Anticipate hardship (v. 8)
  4. Remember the God who saved You (v. 8)
  5. Trust your security (vv. 11-13)

Jonathan’s Application: After hearing these steps, I am going to try and be more open to talk about the Bible at school.

II. Jobs of a Christian (2 Timothy 2)

  1. Teachers (v. 2)
  2. Soldiers (vv. 3-4)
  3. Athletes (v. 5)
  4. Hard-Working Farmers (v. 6)

Jonathan’s Application: I am going to try and act like these jobs to be a better Christian.

III. How to Be a Useful Vessel (2 Timothy 2)

  1. Handle the Word rightly (vv. 14-19)
  2. Have a clean heart (vv. 21-22)
  3. Engage others correctly (vv. 23-26)

Jonathan’s Application: I am going to try and be a useful vessel to God by following these steps.

IV. How to make Time for God’s Word (2 Timothy 3)

  1. Pray for help & guidance (James 4)
  2. Make a plan (Isaiah 32:8)
  3. Get accountability (Proverbs 27:17)
  4. Get back-up (Psalm 37:23-24)

Jonathan’s Application: I am going to try using these steps and make time for God’s Word.

V. How to Effectively Preach the Word (2 Timothy 4)

  1. Have spiritual wisdom and an understanding of the Gospel
  2. Experience the power of the gospel in your heart
  3. Handle the Bible with skill
  4. Have the right motive
  5. Be ready at all times

Jonathan’s Application: After hearing these steps, I am going to try and preach the Word to some of my friends.

CONCLUSION

Not only did my son come back excited about studying God’s Word, he also came back questioning some of the teachings. Now, let me first just say that the teachings at Bair Lake Bible Camp are Bible based and come through spirit-led Christians. But what excites me about my son’s questioning is that through his questioning, he and I were able to discuss several important aspects of being a Christian (especially as a teenager). Not only that, but we were able to discuss the importance of “examining the Scriptures daily” (Acts 17:11) on your own in addition to hearing preaching/teaching.

My son was too young this year to become a junior counselor after going through Christians in Training (CIT), but he is looking forward to doing so next year. In fact, he’s excited about going back to Bair Lake Bible Camp for CIT through high school. To have your child excited about not just learning about God’s Word but also eager to apply it in his everyday life and beyond truly brings the greatest joy as a parent.

DISCUSSION: What aspects of Jonathan’s notes do you want to apply to your life?

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