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Luke 17:1-10

Lesson Focus

It takes faith in a great big God to be able to offer forgiveness. It takes faith to remain humble so that we don’t come to believe that God owes us anything.

Lesson Outcomes

Through this lesson, students should:

  1. Understand that we are to constantly forgive.

  2. Understand that forgiveness requires faith in God.

  3. Move toward humbleness because in offering constant forgiveness we only have done what we should have done, nothing extra.

Catching Up on the Story

Since last week the scene in Lukes gospel hasn’t changed. Jesus and his entourage, which includes his disciples, the Scribes and Pharisees, are still making their way toward Jerusalem. It is there that Jesus will be crucified and resurrected.

On the way, there has been lots of controversies. Jesus has been eating with tax collectors and sinners, as well as with the Pharisees. Jesus has been pretty relentless toward the Pharisees about their constant quest for honor and wealth.

The standard accepted cultural practices called for associating with people who could benefit you in society. So you invited the cool kids over for dinner, in hopes that they would reciprocate the invitation at some point. As you associated with more and more of the social elites, your status would grow.

But Luke is writing from an apocalyptic perspective; t