Prayer: God, help us to love you more, connect with you more, love others more, and connect with others more. Help us be disciples. Amen.
Reading: 1 John 3:16-24 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Probably the most known verse in the Bible is John 3:16. I for one learned that verse by heart at a very young age. Today, we get to read the verse from I John 3:16. Another book, but the same chapter and verse. Ironically, it also talks about love.
As I read our text today, it strikes me that Christianity can be boiled down to one word: love. Jesus even reminded us of this. We should love God and love others.
This summer at camp, I will talking with our staff about what discipleship means. Many have long definitions, but in a book I read this winter it was boiled down to this: love and connect regularly with God; love and connect regularly with others.
And so today, I hope you think about how you do that. How do you love God? How do you connect with God regularly? How to love others? How do you connect with others regularly? How are you as a disciple of Jesus, the one who love us so much he died for us? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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