Hey friends, welcome back to the Castle Rock Blog! My name is Mason, or Pebbles, and I am very excited to get to share with you all about today’s bible study.

As you may know, we have been doing a bible study everyday with your campers, and they have loved it! So far this week we have talked about faith, love, and obedience. Today in bible study, we talked about Grace and Mercy and how those two things affect our lives as followers of Jesus.

Grace is a gift that you don’t deserve. Mercy is compassion shown in the place of punishment. Both of these concepts are very cool because, well, they are the Gospel! We walked the campers through the idea that we, as humans, are sinful in nature. No matter how much we try to not sin, we just can’t help it. When Jesus died on the cross, he died the death that we deserved, BUT God had mercy on us. He sent his son, Jesus, to take our place on the cross, to be our substitution. When Jesus died on the cross, he purchased us back into the kingdom of heaven and the gift we receive because of that, is eternal life. The gift of eternal life is grace. We don’t deserve that because of our sinful nature, but God chose to give it to us anyway because he loves us!! How cool is that?!?! It was awesome to hear campers get excited about Jesus loving us enough to take our place!

Grace is a gift that you don’t deserve. Mercy is compassion shown in the place of punishment.

To help illustrate this picture even more, we walked through the story of Ruth and Boaz. Ruth was a widow who had nothing. She had no money, no job, and no one to take care of her, until she met Boaz. When she asked Boaz to take care of her, he went above and beyond her expectations. He gave her more than she asked for, and he even married her! He was so full of grace and mercy. Ruth did nothing to earn his help or favor, but he still gave it. Man, that is such an excellent picture of the Gospel!!

Parents, we are so glad you sent your kids to Castle Rock this week! It has been an absolute joy to hangout with your campers all week! It is so great that they are getting to come and do all of the fun things at camp, but it is so much sweeter that they get to come and hear and experience the Gospel.

Our prayer is that your campers leave Castle Rock changed and knowing who they are in Jesus! See you tomorrow!

-Pebbles, Castle Rock Program Assistant