This summer, the Glorieta Camps theme is “Legendary”
As we embark on our second year (out of seven) of walking through the Bible, we find ourselves examining Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy and Joshua for Summer 2014.
Boring, you say?
In the midst of repetitive laws and stories about Moses, we find ourselves enraptured in a story that continually points directly toward Christ, which simultaneously points to us. It’s a legendary tale that reminds us of how we’ve been rescued, what sacrifices have been made for us, what our condition actually is, the heart behind it all, and the call to action we’ve all been given.
This summer we will dive into one of the five books each day, uncovering just how these Old Testament books can speak directly to our hearts as they parallel the story of Jesus.
Be prepared to encounter the following:
On this day, we will explore the saga of the Israelites detailed in Exodus as they are rescued from a life of oppression and slavery. By no feat of their own faith or strength or gifts or talents, this people is saved through miracles as God calls His own to Him. The people walk forward, and their rescue is not determined by the quality of their faith but, rather, by the object of their faith.
Through laws and sacrifice of Leviticus, we will discuss the need for atonement for our sins. This day directly speaks why Christ is necessary, why the shedding of blood was required, so that we might live freely.
Despite the continued failings and faithlessness of the Israelites, Numbers unveils God’s faithfulness. It’s the condition that parallels our own lives as we strive and fail and God continually takes us back over and over again.This day is about recognizing our depravity, our shortcomings, our sins, and allowing the Lord to be constant in His faithfulness when we fall short.
With the call to love God and obey His commands, Deuteronomy reminds of us of the importance of discipline and diligence as we move into further intimacy with Him. We will examine what His commands are and what it means to truly love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind and soul.
As Joshua trudges into battle with the call to be strong and courageous, we’ll dive deeper into the promises of God as He reestablishes the covenant with His people. While we, similarly, are not quite in the promiseland yet, we are asked to fight, to trust, to believe in God’s goodness despite our current circumstances. It’s a call to action as we learn what it means to be a Christian in this day and age, fighting upstream to maintain a life of integrity and holiness because we hold an eternal perspective, recognizing that this world is not our final destination.