Sermon Discussion 11-13-22

Gathering Question: 

What is one way you have seen God at work in your life this last week? 

Gathering Prayer. 

Father, by Your Spirit, would you guide us into all truth. Help us to hear and be attentive to Your voice as we work through this study. In the name of Jesus, Your Son, we pray, Amen. 

Opening Questions

  • What stood out to you in the sermon? 
  • What insights did you gain? 
  • What questions did it raise?

Psalm 107:17-22

  • In the Bible, healing and salvation are often linked. Why do you think this is?
  • When you think about healing do you tend to take a narrow view (focused on our bodies) or an expansive view (emotions, minds, relationships, bodies, etc)? Why or why not?
  • Do you have any examples of healing you are able to appropriately share with your group?

Luke 17:11-19

  • Why do you think the nine lepers failed to return to give thanks?
  • Why do you think the Samaritan returns to give thanks? 
  • What are some things that get in the way in your life to give thanks to God?

Allen Culpepper: 

Gratitude may be the purest measure of one’s character and spiritual condition. The absence of the ability to be grateful reveals self-centeredness or the attitude that I deserve more than I ever get, so I do not need to be grateful.…

If gratitude reveals humility of spirit and a sensitivity to the grace of God in one’s life, then is there any better measure of faith than wonder and thankfulness before what one perceives as unmerited expressions of love and kindness from God and from others?…

For those who have become aware of God’s grace, all of life is infused with a sense of gratitude, and each encounter becomes an opportunity to see and to respond in the spirit of the grateful leper.

  • What is your response to this quote? What challenges you?
  • What does your practice of gratitude tell of your “character and spiritual condition”? 

Closing Prayer.