Prayer: Here I stand, Lord. Amen.
Reading: Romans 1:16 - 3:31 (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: Our passage today starts out, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel.” I couldn’t help but think when I read this about our friend, Martin Luther. This Sunday, as we celebrate the Reformation, we will also commemorate all that he did to help us look at scripture differently than the Church in his day. Luther was bold. He took a stand. He was not ashamed of the gospel. He knew the power of understanding about God’s love and what was done on the cross for us.
How about you? Do you ever take a stand for your faith? Are you ashamed of the gospel? I know I am not, but sometimes I wonder if I don’t stand boldly with God and talk more about my faith. Could I do what Luther did and endure persecution for the sake of the gospel? As we celebrate Reformation Day this week, those are the questions I will ask myself. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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