Prayer: Dear God, help us to hold firmly to the word we have been taught: the good news of the resurrection of Christ. Amen
Reading: I Corinthians 15: 1-11 (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 week is all about the last days of Jesus' ministry, his death and resurrection. We hear the story from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem to his rising from the dead along with the difficult, dark days in between. Perhaps the whole Passion story is read in your church Palm Sunday morning; surely each part is observed on each day Palm Sunday to Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday. Year after year only varying by the Lectionary series and particular Gospel account read. We have heard it again and again. Why? Paul knows why.
In the 15th chapter of I Corinthians, after a dozen or so chapters of teachings about a variety of things, Paul brings us back to basics. He even emphasizes the utmost importance of it by saying, "I want to remind you...otherwise, you have believed in vain." Then he summarizes the good news of the resurrection of Christ in five verses. Why so important? Because by this gospel we are saved if we hold firmly to the word. Hold firmly every day to the message we hear this week every year. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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