Prayer: Dear God, help us to be good witnesses to the resurrection. Help us to change the world. Amen.
Reading: Acts 4:23-37 (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: This text tells us of a time after the resurrection. The disciples, with great power, gave their testimony to the Risen Lord. We are told that there was not a needy person among them, because they were compelled to help out those who needed it. They shared their wealth.
Can you imagine our society today if that practice had continued? I guess some might call it “socialism.” But what intrigues me about this story is that they did that because they were compelled to because of their witness of the resurrection. And it makes me wonder what I should be doing to live in the good news of the resurrection. Is there something that God is giving me power to do? Is the Spirit leading me to help someone because Jesus rolled that stone away on Easter and changed the course of the world? Maybe you, like me, will be asking those questions in the coming days. And maybe our answers will help change the world, too. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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