13/10/2019: Thank You

CALL TO WORSHIP           Psalm 111 English Standard Version (ESV)

Great Are the Lord’s Works

1 Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
2 Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
3 Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures forever.
4 He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.

English Standard Version (ESV)

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

READING:     Luke 17:11-19 (CEV)

Ten Men with Leprosy

11 On his way to Jerusalem, Jesus went along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men with leprosy came toward him. They stood at a distance 13 and shouted, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

14 Jesus looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”

On their way they were healed. 15 When one of them discovered that he was healed, he came back, shouting praises to God. 16 He bowed down at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. The man was from the country of Samaria.

17 Jesus asked, “Weren’t ten men healed? Where are the other nine? 18 Why was this foreigner the only one who came back to thank God?” 19 Then Jesus told the man, “You may get up and go. Your faith has made you well.”

Contemporary English Version (CEV)

Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

  1.  What stands out for you in the reading from Luke?         _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2.  What do you think some of the reactions of the lepers might have been after they experienced the healing? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  3. Thought provoking question: Did the lepers believe in Jesus (have faith in Jesus) before they were healed, or did Jesus heal them anyway? How does this affect our understanding of the connection between faith and healing? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  4. Do you sometimes allow your emotions to influence your choices?  What happens when you do/don’t? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  5. Do you believe “gratitude” is a choice, with consequences? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  6. Is it possible to “live each and every day with gratitude”? _________________________________________________________________________________

God bless for the week ahead,

Rev. Tim