Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bible Study-Increasing Faith The Mustard Seed Way

                                   Bible Study
  Inspired by Chapter 19 - 21 Most Effective Prayers of The Bible
                                  by Dave Early               
                             "Increase Our Faith"

Luke 17 (NASB)
“1 He said to His disciples, “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to him through whom they come! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3 Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.” 5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you. 7 “Which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down to eat’? 8 But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; and afterward you may eat and drink’? 9 He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he? 10 So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.’”

Q#1- Where does this faith come from?  (Romans 10:17 gives the    
Q#2- What hinders or blocks faith? (Verse 1)
Q#3 – How serious is the offense to Jesus if you are a stumbling 
           block of faith for others? (Verse 2)
Q#4- I though “Judge not lest you be judged” was the rule.  
         What does Jesus mean about rebuking your            
          brother? (Verse 3)
Q# 5- Do you have to forgive when someone repents of their crime 
         or sin against you?  (Verses 3- 4)
Q#6 – Mustard seed faith is mentioned often.
           Do you have it? Yes or No?
Q#7 – Do we sometimes limit the Lord and are our own stumbling  
Q#8 – Are we required to use this faith? (Verses 7-10)  
Q#9 – In Verse 10 when we use our faith we are just “unworthy 
        slaves” or “good-for-nothing-slaves”(HCSB), or  “unprofitable    
        servants” (NKJV) according to Jesus.  
        So are Billy Graham, John Wesley, Charles Spurgeon, The 
        Apostle Paul, and missionaries suffering in foreign lands really
         needed for the Lord to do His work?
       Then who should get the credit for good works?
       (We know who should get the credit but do we really believe 
     this in the age of mega-church pastors and media-star ministers?)  
Q #10 - Does this challenge you to use faith in understanding 
      outrageous potential results of exercised faith  like Jesus said 
        “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to     
      this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and 
       it would obey you.”?

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