Prayer: Lord, increase my faith. Amen
Reading: Galatians 2:15-21 (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: This reading is pretty close to Lutheran’s. Paul proclaims that everyone is saved not by the works that they do, but by “faith in Jesus Christ.” We must be careful, however, to not make faith a work. Surely you have experience the thought that a prayer was not answered because of the lack of faith of the one praying. That makes faith a work.
There is a footnote in my translation that I think helps a lot. It makes verse 16 read like this: “Yet we know that a person is justified not by the works of the law but through the faith of Jesus Christ.” I really like that translation. It’s not about my faith. It is about Jesus’ faith. More and more in this “me” oriented world, we need to be reminded that life isn’t about me, it is about God. --Jim Bricker
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