Sermon Recap — September 29, 2020

Increase Our Faith

Chris Patton
Luke 17:5-6
September 27, 2020
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Luke 17:5–6 [5] The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” [6] And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. (ESV)

Main Point: God delights to use even small amounts of genuine faith to accomplish great things.

I. The Disciples Request

II. Jesus’ Response

“It is not so much great faith in God that is required as faith in a great God.” – Phillip Ryken

“This is good news for our daily Christian lives. God does not base his blessings on whether we can muster up great and powerful or even persistent faith. Rather we are to look to God’s greatness, power and consistency, believing in him, not ourselves. Such faith in God, rather than in the faith we can generate, is the foundation of spiritual victory and calm in the soul.” – Gospel Transformation Study Bible

Application

Come as you are before your Heavenly Father, bring your requests to Him, and watch what He will do.

Questions For Discussion/Application:

  • Re-read the text, Luke 17:5-6. What initial observations and insights do you have from reading this text?
  • Disciples felt their need for increased faith. In what ways, at times, perhaps even now —  have you felt your own need for increased faith?
  • What does the mustard seed represent in this parable? What does the mulberry tree represent?  How would you summarize the essential message of this passage?
  • Re-read the quotes under point #2 in the outline. How can remembering God’s “greatness, power and consistency”  help us in our prayer lives?
  • In the past, what “mulberry trees” have you seen God move in your life or in the lives of others?
  • What “mulberry trees” in your life presently would you like to see God move? Consider taking time to pray together and bring these requests before the Lord.

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