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Faith A living, daring confidence in God’s grace. When we about faith, we are talking about the relationship God’s Holy Spirit creates with us. It’s a relationship where God’s promise of steadfast love and mercy in Jesus opens us to a life of bold trust in God and joyful, generous service to everyone we know and meet in daily life.

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As a Lutheran church body, Saint Bart's professes belief in the "priesthood of all believers" as reflected in Martin Luther's To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation, that all baptized persons have equal access to God and are all called to use their gifts to serve the body of Christ. All are welcome here and we embrace the diversity of the beloved community.

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At the same time faith does not close our minds to the world and our hearts to others. We continue to listen to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. We listen to the witness of others and we watch for the ways God is active in the world around us. Faith opens a place for engaging others in conversation, for seeking the truth, for asking questions and speaking love in word and deed.

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PRAYER:    Holy Father, by the power of your Holy Spirit, prepare our hearts and minds to receive all that You want us to learn.  As we read your word, shine on us the light of your truth.  May we gain a deeper understanding of who You are and what your will is in each of our lives.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.


CONTEXT:  We will now begin the Gospel of Luke’s travel narrative, which will span Chapters 9-19, and we will move along the road with Jesus as He undertakes the long journey to Jerusalem.  In this week’s reading, the important issue of discipleship immediately arises. The text offers us no easy picture, and we see that participating in Jesus’ mission means that we must experience life and death in the same way that He does.  Proclaiming the Kingdom of God must be our highest priority.


READING:   Luke 9:51-62


51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to prepare for his arrival, 53 but they did not receive him because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 When his disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 55 But he turned and rebuked them. 56 Then they went on to another village. 57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 And Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”




1.  What does it mean in verse 51 that Jesus “set his face” to go to Jerusalem?  What things does it tell us about Jesus, and how can we learn from Him?


2.  What do James and John get wrong in verse 54, and what do you imagine Jesus said to them when He rebuked them?  What is the lesson for us in our encounters with nonbelievers?


3.  Jesus makes several important statements in this reading about what true discipleship requires.  Can you explain in your own words what He is saying in verse 58?  In verse 60?  In verse 62?


4.  What are some of the many things that get in the way of our being consummate disciples of Jesus?  Which of these things are most challenging to you?


5.  Think about all of the strengths and qualities it takes to be the best disciple you can possibly be, and write a short prayer asking God for those qualities.


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