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Saint Bart's is a church that believes God is calling us into the world — together. As part of this call, we seek the common good for society, provide moral vision and are committed to addressing social and cultural injustices and issues. The ELCA participates in God’s just and loving purpose for all of creation in many different ways, from the daily actions of members as citizens, to efforts in social service, to public witness for justice.

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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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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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Saint Bart's is a church that believes God is calling us into the world — together. As part of this call, we seek the common good for society, provide moral vision and are committed to addressing social and cultural injustices and issues. The ELCA participates in God’s just and loving purpose for all of creation in many different ways, from the daily actions of members as citizens, to efforts in social service, to public witness for justice.

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BIBLE STUDY

BIBLE STUDY FOR SUNDAY, October 2, 2022

 

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:  Chapter after chapter of Luke’s gospel, Jesus has been challenging his disciples to embrace some pretty radical concepts: that He and the Father are one; that they must change their hearts or perish; that love of God and neighbor supersedes the sacred rituals they’ve been used to; that they cannot serve God and wealth; and that they must forgive and forgive and forgive, as many times as necessary.  And if things weren’t hard enough, this week’s reading has Jesus giving them (and us) two more lessons on being a follower.  The first deals with faith, and the second deals with what is expected of disciples. 

             

 

READING:   Luke 17:5-10

 

5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 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.

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’? 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’? 9 Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? 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 TO THINK ABOUT:

 

1.  What do you think were some reasons why the apostles asked Jesus in v. 5 to increase their faith?  What might have been going through their minds?

 

2.  What do you make of Jesus’ response in v. 6?  What were the apostles getting wrong, and when do we make the same mistake?

 

3.  When have you experienced wishing you had more faith?  How does it make you feel to know that Jesus thinks you already have all the faith you need?  How will that knowledge make a difference in your Christian walk?

 

4.  Jesus is thought to be describing what is expected of disciples in vs. 7-10.  How would you express the points He’s making in your own words?  How do these truths expand your understanding of discipleship?

 

5.  How might the world be changed if all Christians would actually understand ourselves to be “slaves” of God?  How can you use that understanding to be a more effective disciple?

 

6. What God-given opportunities will you take advantage of in the coming days to exercise your “mustard seed” faith to show up and do what needs to be done?

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