Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon:Luke 17:11-19
Jesus is met by ten lepers on his way to Jerusalem. From the distance prescribed in the book of Leviticus, they cry out to him for mercy. Jesus sends them to the priests for their official certification of healing. On the way, all ten men are healed. However, only one returns to thank Jesus. What does this say about him? What does it say about us? What does it say about the connecting power of gratitude? What does it way about what Jesus offers to those who:
- Direct gratitude to him?
- Make a vocal and public expression of gratitude to him?
- Humbly confess their need before him?
- Have you ever felt distant from God? What is that like?
- Why did the lepers call to Jesus from a distance? What does this tell you about their observation of and respect for the Law of God?
- Jesus sent them to the priests before they were healed. They obediently left Jesus to go to the priests. What does this say about the level of their desperation? Their faith?
- On the way they are healed/cleansed from their disease. How do you imagine they reacted? What didn’t nine of them do? Why do you suppose they did not return to Jesus to thank him?
- One man, a Samaritan, returned to thank Jesus. What do you notice about how he acts?
- What is the difference between having a thankful attitude and actually thanking someone personally?
- What is the difference between feeling thankful and expressing it publicly and vocally?
- What is the difference between letting someone know of your gratitude and expressing to them your being undeserving of their help?
- How does humble, vocal, clearly directed gratitude to Jesus reconnect you to him?
- All ten were healed. Only one was declared to be saved. What is the difference?
- How did the one former leper receive more?
- Can you take a few minutes each day to thank God for what he has done for you, given to you, kept from you and planned for you? Do you see how this will reconnect you or more deeply connect you with God?
- Who will you invite to join you at Alpha this fall so that they also can learn of how grateful to God we can be for our salvation?
- The outline and application questions are intended for your further reflection and action upon the weekend message. They are also designed to facilitate discussion and accountability within your LifeGroup.
Do you have a question about today’s sermon? Email Terrell Glenn (tglenn@StAndrews.Church).
There was no recording of the sermon this week.