Prayer: Creator God, renew us each day. Amen
Reading: 2 Corinthians 5: 16-21 (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?
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 2 Corinthians 5: 17
I remember the first time I really heard this verse. It stopped me in my tracks. Then I guess I could say it put me on a new set of tracks. I won't go into the what, when, where and why of it all. Just know it happened. The verse sometimes turns up in liturgy so I am reminded in worship on Sundays again and again. Really, we can be renewed each day as we live in Christ.
Have you heard this verse before? Does it stop you in your tracks? What new tracks do you follow as a new creation in Christ?
-- Ruth Gates
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