Another day at camp, another Bible Study!

The past two days of Bible Study your camper and cabinmates have begun by slowing down, taking some deep breaths, and asking God to open their eyes to see wonderful things in His Word. Will you take a moment to do the same right now?

As a quick review from the past two days: our study is all about repentance – and we are following the acronym UTURN.

  • U is for Understanding. When we understand our sin and God’s kindness, we will immediately want to turn back to Him.
  • T is for Tell God. Concealment leads to a calloused heart. Confession leads to a cleansed heart. 

God’s kindness to us is abundant and unending – and we just don’t deserve His love! When we fully understand this, it leads us to repentance and confessing our sin and need for Jesus. And the whole point of all of this is so that we can be set free – now and forever!

Today’s topic is “U is for Untie The Shackles”.

Today’s Bottomline: Jesus can make you free and keep you free so that you can set others free.

The subtitle of this Bible Study is “a consistent pursuit back to the heart of God.” Why would we need to consistently come back or return to God’s heart? The answer is because we are so prone to forget that God has set us free from sin and death.

Today’s Memory verse is Galatians 5:1 that says “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

We so often want to go back to sin and then feel like we have to punish ourselves in some way to make up for it. Or we feel like God is immediately disappointed in us when we mess up over and over – even after our salvation.

But repentance is not a one-time, isolated event. Instead it’s a one-time event that leads to a lifetime of daily, hourly, moment-to-moment repentance!

One moment of returning to God is a moment of freedom. An hour of coming back to His heart is an hour of freedom. A day of turning to His presence is a day of freedom. A life of repentance is a life of freedom. 

Are you free today? Do you need this reminder from Galatians 5:1?

How would you describe true freedom?

Your camper is being asked the same questions. They are learning what it means to biblically “untie the shackles”. Would you stop and pray for them right now?