Today, we look at a Day 2 text from this year’s summer curriculum, “Transformed Community: God’s Agent of C.H.A.N.G.E.”
Prayer: Gracious Lord Jesus, help us to see all that you are still doing around us and through us. Guide us to not look for another. Lead us to follow you boldly. In your name we pray. Amen.
Reading: Luke 7:18-27 (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: How did Jesus not look and act like the One who is to come?! What image of the One who is to come was John looking for? What sorts of things is the One supposed to be doing? Jesus’s list of what he was doing seems pretty amazing! I don’t think an unholy one could do all those things. I think a Holy One should have to be able to do those things. Was John in the group of not-getting-it people that thought the Messiah would militarily take over the Promised Land and restore it to the rightful Jewish nation? That was the prevailing thought, but it seems it was also held by the Prophet of the Most High. That was also the prevailing thought among the disciples. No one expected God to be working and fighting through Jesus for a much bigger slice of land—all of it and more. God wants to reclaim hearts and minds for the Kingdom.
Once again this gets me wondering how much do we still not get about God’s work? Are we holding onto any misconceptions and misguided stereotypes of with limits.
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