Looking back over this summer’s camps and VBS programs… we had a wonderful year. We had a full summer with a number of different teaching opportunities. Many of the campers either trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior, rededicated their lives to the LORD, or just had a great time of discipleship.
I have discovered using creation evangelism is a wonderful way to explain the gospel, and to proclaim the true character of God. Using Genesis and creation science as our teaching tools, the students discovered interesting information about God and science.
In Genesis chapter one, God the Creator, demonstrates His great power and intelligence in His creation.
In Genesis chapter two, God reveals He is the Law Giver by giving Adam a commandment. He is also viewed as the humble servant by making a very special place (the Garden of Eden) for man to live. God wants the best for mankind, so He supplies and meets every need for the man and woman. We see the same characteristic with the Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ, when He washes the smelly, dirty feet of His apostles.
Then in Genesis chapter three, God reveals Himself as the Savior. Adam eats of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thus bringing death and sin into the world (1 Cor. 15:22 – For as in Adam all die,…). The expression, ‘surely die,’ means to be physically put to death. Adam and the Woman are to physically die on the day that Adam eats of the fruit, because this is what the law demands and God, as the just judge, must carry out the law. But, God as the loving God that He is allows a substitute sacrifice. Adam and the Woman were covered with coats of skin. Which means innocent animals became substitutes and died, so the man and the woman would live, thus appeasing the law.
We know from Scripture that the death of animals does not take away sin and death, but God (‘The Word’ John 1:1, 14) takes on human flesh and dies for our sins. He knows we can’t save ourselves, so the Servant of servants, Jesus Christ, does a task that no human being can do, die on the cross to take away our sins. I believe this is God’s greatest act of love and servanthood. All we have to do is trust in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection to have our sins forgiven. It is all very simple.
When the campers understand the meaning of Christ’s death through creation evangelism, they realize their sinful state and believe! Glory!
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