Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the message of eternal life in Christ. Amen
Reading: I John 5: 9-13 (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: The writer's purpose at the end of our text today seems to be to make sure readers know they have eternal life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. (I John 5: 13)
So that you may know... What messages do you want to make sure others know? Sometimes my message is You are loveable and capable. Sometimes my message is Enjoy this day! Reminders of being loved, doing things through Christ who gives strength and rejoicing in the day the Lord has made.
What messages do you tell yourself so that you may know...?
-- Ruth Gates
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