We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on June 25, 20124.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to believe and rejoice in Christ boldly. We are thankful He is victorious over sin, death, and the world. Amen.
Reading: Romans 6: 12-23 (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?
“SIN BOLDLY but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly, for he is victorious over sin, death, and the world.” --Martin Luther
You can be sure I was shocked when I saw these two big words on t-shirts at the Lutheran Campus Center at IUP. Good thing I got up close enough to read the fine print and stuck around long enough for some theological explanation. Otherwise, this girl may have never given that bunch a second chance!
Yes, thank goodness Martin Luther explained himself after his two, might I say, BOLD words! Romans Chapter 6 also clears up the matter more with:
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means!... You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.... For the wages of sun is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 6: 15, 18, 23
(Maybe they could have put that on the back of the t-shirt. Just saying.)
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