Prayer: Gracious God, we thank you for choosing to save us and make us your own. We love you for teaching us a deep spiritual patience for difficulties in live that you can transform into a growth and change for the good. Amen.
Reading: Romans 5: 1-8 (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: The chain of progression or a string of consequences is what Paul describes happens to us after the realization of whose we are.
God does not leave us the way we were. Justification comes first, sanctification happens second. Seeing the process is the meaning of life.
The second part is an answer to “Why me, God?” Personally, I think God must have seen something in me that I don’t. God loved each of us before we knew how much we needed the attention. --Andrew Fitch
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