Week 5--Becoming Committed (Luke 17:11-19)

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Houston First United Presbyterian Church Mission Study

Week 5—Becoming Committed (Luke 17:11-19 NIV)
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.”

 Luke 17:11-19 (The Message)
11-13 It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

14-16 Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”

They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan.

17-19 Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.”

 Bible Study (Individually)

We were asked to listen quietly as Bible story was read then to spend five minutes individually contemplating the passage:

o   Linger on each word

o   Consider the word’s impact on your heart and mind

o   Perhaps underline one or two words that carry the most impact.

Jot down your responses to the passage, completing one or more of the following sentences:

o   The heart of the matter is . . . (Participant Responses)

  • . . . is that people are in need. We forget when not

  • . . . we have to give God the glory

  • . . . grace is for everyone

  • . . . sometimes we don’t share grace with others

  • . . . lack of faith; part of the healing process.

How would you personally finish this sentence: “The heart of the matter is . . . “


o   To me this passage means . . . .

  • I need to accept God’s grace

  • I need to take time to be thankful (note that only 10% of those healed said “thank you.”

  • The other 90% expected healing/felt entitled.

How would you finish this sentence: “To me this passage means . . . “


o   This passage perplexes me because . . .

  • They were doing what Jesus told them to do. Why did he complain? (because they were doing the letter of Jesus’ command but not expressing thankfulness for what He had done.)

    How would you personally finish this sentence: “This passages perplexes me because . . . “



Group Activity

We divided into two groups:  The Lepers and the Jesus Team and answered the following questions:

o   Lepers: 

Think about the issues of your church in terms of its present needs for healing and growth and preparation for new pastoral leadership.  For what are you thankful as a church?
We need to prepare with outreach (personal, each one reach one), recognize needs in the congregation; follow through, but this requires commitment. We need to celebrate the gifts in our congregation and to stabilize/steady our finances.

What are your answers to these questions? Do you agree that the problem with “unsteady” finances may be a faith issue?

o   Jesus Team: 

Think about the ways in which this church could be healed and how this church might move forward?
Answers: With communication and commitment/involvement by all; reach out to pat members. Future is uncertain, but God is in it.
What are your answers to these questions?


We gathered back together and offered the following perspectives about the good of the church.

o   Personal relationships to the church
Perceptions offered:

  • Express our selves

  • Take action; try new ideas

  • Set a good example, be helpful

  • Volunteer in areas where we are capable and also try something new

  • Do everything with joy and to the glory of God

  • Be outgoing and inclusive

  • Emphasize youth ministry

What are your perceptions in this area?

o   The future of the church

  • Making change and moving forward is daunting

  • We need leadership

  • Education is important

    What are your perceptions in this area?



o   Commitments which need to happen

  • Sacrifice

  • Concentrate on the important

  • Challenge myself and others

  • Lead by example

    What are your perceptions in this area?


o   Accountability of members

  • Emphasize the everyday, not just special occasions

  • Encourage involvement

  • Reach out to new members or those we haven’t seen.

    What are your perceptions in this area?