Grand Final Faith

Published: Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Personal and Small Group Study Notes

These notes are intended for personal study and small group discussion. They accompany the sermon preached by Geoff Pound at ABC on 2 October 2016 entitled, ‘Grand Final Faith’.

Scripture Reading: Luke 17:5-10

(N.B. The sermon and study relate only to the first two verses of this reading).

17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"

17:6 The Lord replied, "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.

17:7 "Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, 'Come here at once and take your place at the table'?

17:8 Would you not rather say to him, 'Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink'?

17:9 Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded?

17:10 So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, 'We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!'"

Questions for Personal Study and Group Discussion

1. Share a situation recently where you felt like crying out to Jesus using the words of the disciples: “Increase our faith!” (17:5)

2. How do you describe and interpret the tone of Jesus’ response? (17:6)

3. What is Jesus saying about the type of faith we are to express? (17:6)

4. Someone asks you, “What does it mean to have faith or to exercise faith?” And your reply?

5. If you don’t want faith ‘to uproot a mulberry tree and plant it in the sea’ (17:6), what do you want faith for?

6. If our faith is like a muscle, how does your faith rate at the moment on the Firm—Flabby scale and on the Supple—Stiff scale?

7. Where are you currently being challenged to exercise the ‘muscle’ of your faith?

8. How can we collectively help to foster and support faith in one another?