Big Idea: Being a disciple and a part of His church is an honor not an obligation.
Read and reflect on these Scriptures:
Old Testament Reading: Psalm 116.12-What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, 14 I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.
New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 9.7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Gospel Reading: Luke 17.7 “Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? 8 Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? 9 Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? 10 So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’”
Questions For Discussion:
1. How do we see the beauty and majesty of Jesus in these passages?
2. Why is it important to not take Jesus's salvation and our calling for granted?
3. Who is someone in your life that has lived this theme (Gratitude) out? How did it impact you or others?
4. What has this looked like in your life?
5. What might it look like to experience more of this value in your life? What fruit would this bear in your life and in our world?
Practice: Find a way to renew your personal commitment to Jesus and the church regularly.
1. Which of these practices have been a part of your discipleship to Jesus?
2. After taking some time to pray, how do you sense the Holy Spirit leading you to respond in regards to what we have talked about today?