Prayer: God, help us to see beauty in the cross. Amen.
Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (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: In our passage for today, St. Paul tells us, “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” When I read this, I thought, “So what does the cross mean to me?”
I ask you that question, too. Is the cross something that you wear around a chain on your neck? Is it something you see in the front of your church? Is it something you find in hidden places, like tree trunks and limbs, the panes of windows, or other places? Or, does it mean a lot more.
Today, I encourage you to think about what the cross means for you. Are you bold enough to say with Paul, “the cross is the power of God!” --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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