Prayer: When we think we are okay with what we have in you, may we know there is more. We repent and are grateful for forgiveness. Amen
Reading: Acts 19: 1-7 (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: Paul was on the move and asking questions. In your baptism, did you receive the Holy Spirit? Some did not know what he was talking about. They had received the baptism of repentance John had been proclaiming, however, John said there was more to come: Jesus and the Holy Spirit. So Paul, like John, was doing all he could to let people know there was more.
It's like that commercial for the most amazing gadget you've got to have and the announcer says, "But wait! There's more!" Surely the people in John's and Paul's time were glad to be able to receive a baptism of repentance. But then Jesus came and left us with more - forgiveness of those sins and also the Holy Spirit always.
So Paul kept on moving, asking questions and answering, "But wait! There's more!"
What more do you need to know? What more do you need? --Ruth Gates
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