Prayer: God, we praise you for the gift of your Son and his new and powerful way of teaching. We ask that this also would be a great force in our lives and the lives of those we teach as well. May your love flow through our words and actions. In your name, Amen.
Reading: Mark 1: 21-28 (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: In this passage we see Jesus doing an incredible thing- he cast a demon out of a man with just a stern voice! And after the casting out occurred, there was quite the hub-bub about Jesus that began to spread throughout Galilee. This way of teaching was something that had never been seen before! What a brave thing to do! Jesus goes on to do even braver things under the direction of God His Father. Everything is done for the love of His creation and for the furthering of His Kingdom.
As children of God we are called to be disciples of Jesus Christ, and in short that means He is our teacher. What a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity it is to be a student of the one true King! So go ahead, do something bold- go out of your way to bless someone. And in that way you will be following this new way of teaching which Jesus exemplifies for us in the Gospels. --Anne Harshbarger
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