Prayer: May we be faithful to you, O Lord, and share your good news.
Reading: Acts 16: 16-34 (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: I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the powerful and wonderful Lutheran message of grace. It’s not unique to my denomination; but we Lutherans are known for it, I think! So often, other messages that Christian sects are preaching are told more loudly and heard more often by those who do not believe. And I fear that their message is what those folks judge the rest of us in Christendom.
And so, I feel like we need to be more bold in stating our beliefs. There’s an old joke that says Lutherans are the “frozen chosen,” that we don’t often talk about our faith. But in our story today, it is apparent to me that we should. Paul and Silas do and were sent to jail for it. But, they were faithful. And, God was faithful and got them out.
Speak boldly about what you believe. Share the good news of Jesus Christ. Speak of grace, love, and hope. If you are faithful, God will be faithful.
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