Prayer: Lord, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us, so we may follow you in words, thoughts, and actions. Amen.
Reading: Acts 2:1-21 (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: Like many of you, I was baptized as an infant and raised in the church. Unknown to me, my parents made promises and the church joined in those promises to do something. That something was to raise me in faith. That meant providing opportunities for my growth in faith through Christian Education experiences at church and at home. That meant accepting me as another one of God’s children. That meant showing me, by example of word and deed, how to live a life worth to be called a follower of Jesus. To put it simply, the church promised to do faith.
Too often we sit in our churches and think that our worship will make us Christians. Sometimes I wonder if that is enough. The disciples could have been satisfied with the Holy Spirit’s work on the first Pentecost. They could have called it good after the first three thousand converts came in (verse 41), but they didn’t. They didn’t grow comfortable with where they were, they continued to see visions and dream dreams. They continued to prophesy and preach the gospel to all who would hear it.
How have we as followers of Christ ignored and grown comfortable with the mission of God? How can we keep those promises to the infants who have been baptized, not only in our congregations, but into the whole body of Christ? What visions or dreams do you have for your life of faith and for the church? –Peter Horn, Camp Mount Luther Board Member & Camp Pastor
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