On Fridays in May, we look at the scripture that our campers will be studying during Day 5 this summer of “Awesome God. Awesome Love.”
Prayer: O God, we give you thanks for all you have given us and that you love us. We remember the life of the apostle Paul, his mission and his ministry. We pray that just as you sent him out to be your witness to the world, that you will send us out to be a witness of your promise; to be a witness of your love; to be a witness to your awesomeness. You are an awesome God who loves us with some incredibly awesome love! Amen.
Reading: Acts 9:1-22 (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: Saul killed Christians. It wasn’t just a job, it was a way of life. Saul was a passionate man of God, and he'd learned “one way” to believe. The savior of the Jewish people was supposed to be a powerful political figure.
Jesus' power was love. This kind of power threatened everything Saul believed. On the road to the next village, Saul saw the light. Literally. He heard the voice of Jesus. Struck blind he finally began to see. Filled with Jesus' awesome love, he put down the sword and picked up the cross. His life was never the same' again.
John Newton, the author of the hymn ''Amazing Grace" wrote: "I once was lost, but now I'm found; was blind, but now I see." When have you been lost? How were you found? How was that like being found by God's awesome love? If you don’t know about John Newton, look him up to see how God changed his life.
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