November 26, 2023
11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
1. Being grateful when life is hard
2. Being grateful because of God’s goodness
3. Being grateful brings full restoration
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Small Group Discussion Questions for the Week of November 26, 2023.
1. What is something simple that you find yourself regularly grateful for?
Digging Deeper into the Scriptures
Read Luke 17:11-19
1. How is the context of Luke 17:1-10 relevant to verses 11-19?
2. Why did these lepers ask for “pity?” (Other translations may use the word “mercy.”) What does this tell us of the community and culture at the time?
3. What are some other situations when a person might ask for mercy?
4. In verse 14, Luke writes, “As they went they were cleansed.” In your own words, what do you think happened “as they went?”
Applying the Scriptures
1. Why do you think “the other nine” did not turn back to give praise to God?
2. What does the one leper do once he gets back to Jesus? Why is this significant?
3. What lessons of gratitude is God teaching you through this narrative?