For today's devotional, again we will use the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which is part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers. First, read the passage and then discuss/ponder the four questions below. Conclude by reading the reflection and closing presented.
Reading: Acts 2: 14a, 36-41
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?
Can you imagine the scene? It’s a baptism. Not for just one, two or three people, but three thousand people. They had just heard a message from Peter and were compelled to lead a life of following Jesus Christ.
After they heard Peter’s words, they asked what they could do. And Peter told them “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” Peter continued by testifying to the greatness of our Lord.
Peter’s message was for those thousands on that day and it is for us today. The promise is for you, and for me, and for your children, and my children, even those who are far away. God is calling us to live in the good of the call we receive through baptism. How are you living out that call today? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Share this story with someone and ask them what they think of Peter’s message. How do they imagine the scene when the three thousand were baptized?
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