Prayer: We give you thanks, God, for setting us free from the law of sin and death.
Reading: Romans 8:1-4 (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: We do try. At least we try. We try to live in the Spirit, to think and do the things that God wants. But over and over again, the law—the things God asks of us—condemns us. We just don’t quite measure up. And no matter how much we may try to make excuses or absolve ourselves, the bottom line is still the bottom line—we don’t measure up. What to do?
The only thing left for us to do is to rely on Jesus. God, says Paul, has us covered. In Jesus He has done what the law could not do. In the end it is not about us trying. It is about God doing! --Jim Bricker
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