December 2 - A Kingdom of Joy (Luke 17:11-19)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.
Miguel Echevarria will continue teaching "Living as Exiles" in the youth room. This study considers instruction from Paul and Peter on living between the times.
Jon Goforth will continue teaching on the doctrine of man in the Adult 1 classroom.
Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Jesus Son of God
Jesus Thank You
11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice;16 and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
This familiar story of Jesus healing ten lepers with only one returning to give thanks instructs us how the kingdom of God is marked by gratitude. We learn that gratitude is birthed from recognizing our true need for mercy. As we see this need and appeal to God for mercy, the granting of it yields a gratitude and satisfaction not unlike the starving man finds in a good meal. The genuineness of gratitude is expressed in joyous worship and evidences true faith.
Review and Apply
In what ways did you see your need for mercy from God?
How does the disease of leprosy express the problem of humankind?
Do you consider yourself a grateful person? Why or why not?
How is ingratitude a mark of unbelief and rebellion?
How can you help a discontent person grow in gratitude?
How does seeing our need for mercy/gospel fuel gratitude?
Why is gratitude the proper motivation for Christian living?
How does gratitude express true faith?
What does gratitude in worship look like in your life?