Revolution Series: Peter

Read through these verses to get a brief snapshot of the character of Peter:

  • Matthew 4:18-22,
  • Matthew 8:14-17
  • Matthew 14:22-33
  • Matthew 16:13-23
  • John 18:10-11
  • Matthew 26:31-35,69-75

Peter didn’t ask a lot of questions. He just acted.  Things didn’t always go as he imagined.  In fact, sometimes the results of his actions were extreme.  But Peter did not allow his failures to stop him from pursuing Christ.  Even when he was utterly foolish or acted totally against the will of Christ, he eventually was able to recover.  Peter was a dedicated follower of Christ from the very beginning.  Jesus says, “Follow me”. Peter drops his net and follows. Jesus says, “Come to me”. Peter steps out of the boat and starts walking on the water. Jesus asks. Peter answers (many times being wrong).  Jesus gives his life for those that he loves. Peter continues to follow despite the risk and persecution that will come.

This is what it means to be a disciple of Christ.  This is what it means to have faith.  Peter didn’t always get it right but he never gave up trying.  And even in his weakest, most vulnerable moments, the grace of God flowed through him and brought him back to the presence of God.  Read John 21:15-17 to see how Jesus responds after Peter denied him 3 times.  “Feed my sheep”. Jesus stills wants Peter do his will despite failing time and time again.  There is so much we can learn from Peter.

How much faith do we have? Are you willing to step out of the boat to follow Christ? Where do you put your trust? In God? In man? In money? In the world? Do your words match your actions? Do live the life of a Christ follower or are you merely an admirer of Christ? Soren Kierkegaard explains that there is a great difference between following verses admiring. “A follower is or strives to be what he admires. An admirer, however, keeps himself personally detached. He fails to see that what is admired involves a claim upon him, and thus he fails to be or strive to be what he admires.”

Let us not be merely admirers of Christ. Let drop our nets and follow.  We are bound to make mistakes and come up short but that doesn’t mean that we give up.  It is important to also surround ourselves with an uplifting community of peers and mentors in order to keep on track during the most difficult of times and the most joyous.

Consider this quote from Madeleine L’Engle:

“In a very real sense not one of us is qualified, but it seems that God continually chooses the most unqualified to do His work, to bear His glory. If we are qualified, we tend to think that we have done the job ourselves. If we are forced to accept our evident lack of qualification, then there’s no danger that we will confuse God’s work with our own, or God’s glory with our own.”

None of us may be qualified, but God chooses to use us.  He loves us and pursues us daily.  Step out in faith. And follow.

This week spend time reflecting on the life of Peter and what it means to follow Christ Jesus.  Read through 1 and 2 Peter.  Examine how Peter continued faithfully in his call to follow.  And the cost of following.  Allow God to speak this week.  Be still and listen.

Revolution Series: The Thief on the Cross

Is it ever too late to change? Is there ever a point where you are too far for God to work a revolution in your life? We’ve all sinned. We’ve all done things that are wrong. But nothing – no combination or level of wrongs – is too much for God to change. Read today’s section and see for yourself.

Read Luke 23:39-43

Two men hung on crosses beside Jesus when he was crucified. One cursed him and sarcastically asked Jesus to save them all. But the other realized who Jesus was. In that moment, just seconds away from death, this man recognized Jesus as the King of Kings. With no sarcasm in his voice, he asked Jesus a simple request.

“Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingdom.”

No matter what you’ve done, Jesus loves you. He wants to know you and He wants to have a relationship with you. To begin that relationship, all it takes is the same simple step that the thief on the cross took.

Acknowledge Him. Recognize Jesus for who He is – the Son of God.

But that is only the beginning. The thief on the cross was not able to experience the joy of life with Christ until his final moments. But we have the opportunity to experience that joy each day.

God wants a relationship with us. Think about how amazing that is! No matter what we’ve done, He wants to walk with us. Consider that today as you go about your life.

Acknowledge God, and start walking with Him in a revolution of love today.

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Revolution Series – Josiah

Just because you are young does not mean you can’t make an impact. A boy named Josiah became king when he was only eight years old, and he led Judah through an extremely important change.

Read 2 Kings 22 and 2 Kings 23:21-25

Josiah was only eight years old. EIGHT YEARS OLD! During his time as king, the Book of the Law was found. This was the Word of God to Judah. When they read it, they realized that they had not been following God’s Law for years.

Have you ever done something and realized later that it was wrong? How did you react?

Josiah leads Judah through a revolution of coming back to the Law of God. His heart was so tender that he tore his robes when he heard about how the previous leaders had forsaken God’s commandments.

Ask God if there are areas in your own life where you need to turn back to Him.

You’ll notice also that God does not withhold judgment upon Judah even though Josiah leads them through this revolution. There are still consequences for the earlier sins. But it was because of Josiah that Judah turned back to God. His impact was great, and it was because he had a relationship with God at a young age.

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Revolution Series: The Woman at the Well

Read John 4:1-42

As you read, pay attention to the different people in this story and how they change. What stands out to you? What is odd or unusual about this story?  How does Jesus present a revolution to this woman? To his disciples?

There is a lot to learn from this passage.  We see Jesus speaking with a Samaritan woman, which would be very strange at that time. Jesus’ disciples noticed this odd behavior.  We learn about the living water of Christ Jesus.  We observe a changed woman who can’t help but tell others about what has happened to her.  The others heard her and they, too, were changed. What an incredible story!

Take time to reflect on these main points from the passage.  We can learn a lot from both Jesus and the woman in this story.  Think about how significant it is that the woman is changed, shares this news with others, and then they change as well.  Isn’t this Christ’s call for our lives? “Go and make disciples of all nations.”  How are we presenting the love of Christ to others?  How excited are we about this Living Water that Christ offers?  How much faith do we have in Jesus?

Let these words become truth.  Let them motivate you into action.  Love unconditionally. Listen without distraction. Be welcoming to all because you never know what may come from even the simplest interaction.  Be a light.  Be honest and true to others.  Allow Christ to work in you and through you.

Take a little more time to think though the significance of this story and what it means to you today.  How will this story change you?

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Revolution Series: The Transfiguration

Read Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28-36

Transfiguration: a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state.

This is the moment in the Bible when Jesus reveals that he is who he claims to be.  This is the moment when Jesus demonstrates to 3 of his beloved disciples his divine glory.  His physical body transformed, and he became as bright as the sun.  Moses and Elijah appear with him.  Jesus is fulfilling both the law and the prophecies in this moment, proving that he is the divine Son of God.  The Kingdom of God is near.

Today take time to reflect on this beautiful picture.  What does it mean to you? In this moment Jesus goes beyond claims and shows that he divine.  His real self emerges.  What lives within you?  If you were to change into what lives within you what would you become? Do you need to change?  Where does a revolution need to occur in your life?  

This process of transformation can be painful for us, but it is necessary.  In order to be set free and to learn who we are in Christ we must let go of things we have a tight grasp on.  We cannot merely silence these things but we must remove them completely from our lives.  C.S. Lewis presents this process beautifully in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader as Eustace describes his transfiguration from dragon back into a boy.  

“Then the lion (Aslan) said — but I don’t know if it spoke — You will have to let me undress you. I was afraid of his claws, I can tell you, but I was pretty nearly desperate now. So I just lay flat down on my back to let him do it.

“The very first tear he made was so deep that I thought it had gone right into my heart. And when he began pulling the skin off, it hurt worse than anything I’ve ever felt. The only thing that made me able to bear it was jut the pleasure of feeling the stuff peel off.  You know — if you’ve ever picked the scab of a sore place.  It hurts like billy-oh but it is such fun to see it coming away.”

“I know exactly what you mean,” said Edmund.

“Well, he peeled the beastly stuff right off – just as I thought I’d done it myself the other three times, only they hadn’t hurt – and there it was lying on the grass, only ever so much thicker, and darker, and more knobbly-looking than the others had been. And there was I smooth and soft as a peeled switch and smaller than I had been. Then he caught hold of me – I didn’t like that much for I was very tender underneath now that I’d no skin on — and threw me into the water. It smarted like anything but only for a moment. After that it became perfectly delicious and as soon as I started swimming and splashing I found that all the pain had gone from my arm. And then I saw why. I’d turned into a boy again. . . .”

This is the kind of transfiguration we must all go through as broken, hurting human beings.  We are not divine but we have a God who loves us unconditionally.  He is calling and has a seat set for you at the table.  Step forward and allow the love of Christ to tear away the lies and shame.  Allow a revolution to occur deep down within you so that you can better pursue Christ Jesus.  Take time to be still and listen today.  Allow the Spirit of God to fill you and renew your mind.

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Revolution Series – Naaman

This year at camp, we unpacked the word “revolution.” We looked at how God offers a revolution of love. We often hear about revolutions of power or influence. But God is love. For our new TAWG Blog series, we’re going to look at people in the Bible who experienced revolution. We’re excited to have you journey with us!


It’s often easy to see areas where we need to change. Many times, we think we know how and when that change should occur. But our TAWG session today focuses on a man who found out that God’s plan, even though it looked different than his own, is always right.

Read 2 Kings 5:1-14

Naaman wanted a big event. He thought that change meant something big had to happen. He surely didn’t think it involved the dirty river outside of town.

God’s plan may not always look like our own. We may have a different idea of how things should go. But God wants to work a revolutionary change in us through His love. It is on us to submit to His plan – even if it looks different than what we had in mind.

Spend some time in prayer this week asking God to reveal areas in your life that He wants to change and heal. Then give those areas to Him. We will be praying for you as you start a new school year and seek to follow God with your life!

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Revolution Series – Paul

This year at camp, we unpacked the word “revolution.” We looked at how God offers a revolution of love. We often hear about revolutions of power or influence. But God is love. For our new TAWG Blog series, we’re going to look at people in the Bible who experienced revolution. We’re excited to have you journey with us!


When talking about Bible characters who underwent some kind of change, Paul is probably one of the first that comes to mind. Now we know him as the writer of most of the New Testament, and one of history’s greatest missionaries. But he wasn’t always that person. Before He met Jesus, he was a drastically different man.

Read Acts 9:1-19

Paul’s revolution was so great that everything about him changed – even his name! Before, he was Saul the murderous hater of Christians. Then he encountered Jesus, and his life was changed.

God’s love can change even the worst sinner. There is no one who has strayed too far or done too much for God to love them. That kind of love is hard for us to fathom. Thankfully, God doesn’t ask us to understand it. All He asks us to do is believe and follow.

You may not have ever had God appear to you in a light from heaven. But think about a time when you did hear God “speak.” It may not have been an audible voice, but He got through to you. How did it happen? Was it through a Bible verse, or maybe the encouragement of another person?

God wants to meet with us every day and invite us deeper and deeper into his revolution of love. We must listen for Him. When we hear Him, we must believe and follow. If God can take a murderer and turn him into the greatest missionary who ever lived, just think what He can do with you.

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