Prayer: Help us, God, to see Jesus at night and by day and to be a witness for you. Amen.
Reading: John 3: 1-16 (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: I’ve been telling our campers and staff this summer that this is the original “Nick at Nite.” Nicodemus comes to Jesus to ask some questions and get answers from the Lord. For fear of being found out, he did it in the cover of darkness.
When I was in State Choir in high school, we sang a song that had this verse:
Nicodemus was a man who desired to know
How a man can be born when he’s old
Christ told Nicodemus as a friend,
“Man you must be born ago.”
He said, “Marvel not, man, if you want to be wise
Repent, believe, and be baptized.”
Then you’ll be a witness for my Lord!
Today, think about how Nicodemus might be a model for us of sharing God’s love to others. What will you do to share the awesome love God has shown for you?
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