Lesson 17 - “The Duty to Forgive” - Luke 17.1-10
ID: Inductive Questions (Asking the text questions like who, what, where, when, why, & how?”)
CR: Cross References (Comparing Scripture to Scripture, understanding the vague by the clear.)
WS: Word Study (Understanding definition, theological meaning, and usages in other passages.)
The WORD: What does the Bible say?
1. Context: As you read today’s passage make note of the story of “Lazarus and the Rich Man” that comes before and the “Healing of the Ten Lepers” that comes after it. How do those stories color the tone and point of this passage?
2. CR: (1-2) What does it mean to offend (skandalizo) (or cause someone “to stumble”nasb or “to sin”esv)? (compare with Romans 14:15-16, 21; 1 Corinthians 8:13) Who are the “little ones” referred to in verse two?
3. ID: What is the relationship between verse 1-2 and verses 3-4?
4. WS: (3) When we take heed to (prosecho) (be on guard, pay attention to, or watch) ourselves, what are we taking heed of or watching for?
5. ID: (3) List the four steps in this verse? What does each one mean?
(Compare with Leviticus 19:16-18; Matthew 18:15-17; Ephesians 4:15, 32; Galatians 6:1; Matt. 5:43–48)
6. ID: (5-6) Why did the disciples ask the Lord to increase their faith? What were they asking Him to do?
7. ID: (6) What was the main point of this parable or illustration of the mustard seed and mulberry tree? (Matthew 17:20; Matthew 21:21; Mark 9:23; Mark 11:23)
8. ID: What are we commanded to do in this passage (1-6)? What should we expect from God in return (7-10)?
9. CR: Are there things we do that the Bible does say are exceptional? (example 1 Peter 2:20)
The WALK: What should I do?
1. What makes it difficult to forgive a person that has wronged you? How do you feel about forgiving a person again and again?
2. Can you recall a time that someone sinned against you repeatedly in the same day or week?
3. What can you do to increase your faith?
4. Why do we sometimes feel the things we have done for the Lord are so extraordinary or heroic?
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