Prayer: Lord, help me to lead others as I have been lead.
Reading: Acts 2:14a, 36-41 (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: Sometimes St. Peter’s sermons are a little offensive in today’s terms. He tells his audience of Jews that they are the ones who crucified Jesus, Lord and Messiah. They must have heard the “Lord and Messiah” part because they were convinced and ended up among 3000 folks baptized that day.
What is it that brings you to faith? Maybe you have been guilted into belief. Perhaps you have had the hell scared out of you!? There have also been words, I imagine, of hope and encouragement. But here’s the deal. Somebody (somebodies) was in relationship with you in your growing up and helped you come to faith. One of those for me was a high school English teacher. Take a moment to name one of those persons in your life.
Now, hear this. You are one of those persons for someone growing in faith today. Sounds a little scary, I know. And maybe you aren’t aware of it. But God is using you to bring folks to faith just as the Lord used others in bringing you to believe. --Jim Bricker
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