Prayer: Thank you for your grace as we work together now with hearts open to all. Amen.
Reading: 2 Corinthians 6: 1-13 (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?
Paul, as always, is urging his readers to respond faithfully to God's grace in Christ. It is a common theme, of course, and really can't be overdone when you think about it. The emphasis here is to do it now. Now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! (v. 2b)
If your excuse is, "Someday I will get around to it." someone cleverly made round cards with the words "to it" written on them. There you go. Now you have a "round to it" so get started already!
Accept the grace of God now. Open wide your hearts now. The good news we are not alone. We get to work together now.
-- Ruth Gates
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