Prayer: God of our faith, may the leaders who spoke your Word to us in the past inspire us to be faithful followers to do good and to share with others. Amen.
Reading: Hebrews 13: 1-8, 15-16 (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: Though we are members of the same Church, there are many churches that have influenced our ever-growing faith…and within those churches, perhaps an uncountable number of Leaders as written in today’s verses. In your life who helped form your faith and continues to do so today?
Are your faith leaders those teachers of your childhood who first read the popular and heroic Bible stories and sang those old hymn standards on Sundays and at Vacation Bible Schools? Are they the church camp counselors of your early teen years who mixed their faith stories with summer fun, campfires and late nights? Or perhaps the campus pastor who first challenged your child-like faith with new ways of considering the law and gospel?
And as an adult, who are your faith role models whose lives’ outcome you can consider and imitate…to ensure you are connected to the Body of Christ, nurturing your faith and helping you to find ways to share the good news with those known and unknown to you? Share a prayer of thanksgiving for the impact they had on the person you have become.
Turn this thought around now. Through your words and deeds, think of the many people who probably look to you to be their leader in faith, who view your commitments and sacrifices…and are encouraged to do good deeds and to share with others. May you be inspired and supported by the Holy Spirit to quietly model your faith for all to see. --Andy Gates
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