Luke 17:1-19

Talks for Growing Christians

Teaching about Christian Service

Luke 17:1-19

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Lesson Number 45

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Faithful Christian servants do not stumble little ones.
  2. Faithful Christian servants are willing to forgive.
  3. Faithful Christian servants do not serve for reward.

Practical Application

  1. Let’s take a Samaritan stance!


  1. Who is the Lord addressing in Luke 17?
  2. What is a stumbling block? Who is a little one?
  3. How do you stumble or hinder the spiritual growth of a little one?
  4. Why do you serve the Lord?
  5. Why did the one cleansed Samaritan leper return to thank the Lord?


  1. The disciples, although the Pharisees may have been listening in.
  2. A stumbling block is something that hinders the spiritual growth of a little one. A little one could be a child, or anyone who is younger or weaker in the Christian faith.
  3. By your lifestyle, what you do and what you say.
  4. We should serve because it is our duty to serve as faithful Christian servants. Our motivation should not be for the reward, although the Lord will reward us for faithful service.
  5. Because he more fully realized the grace and mercy that had been shown to him as a Samaritan.


  1. Discuss how a believer’s lifestyle can either encourage little ones in their faith or hinder them. Have you ever thought of this when making your own lifestyle choices? Is there anything questionable in your lifestyle now that you may need to reconsider?
  2. Review and discuss the steps you should take before you confront a fellow believer who has sinned against you: 1) Make sure you have the facts straight! 2) Check your own life for sin. 3) Be willing to forgive.


  1. As believers we have been saved by faith. Have you returned to really thank the Lord for His grace and mercy?

Key Verses

  • “If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.” Luke 17:3-4
  • “We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.” Luke 17:10

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