Date: Sunday, November 1, 2020
The book called Luke in the Bible, was written by a Gentile believer named Luke, who was a close associate of the Apostle Paul. He set out to carefully investigate the truth concerning Jesus Christ, using the eyewitness accounts of those who were with and knew Jesus and His ministry. His intent in writing this Gospel was so that his readers would know the truth regarding Jesus and what they have been taught concerning Him. It is our hope in studying this Gospel, that we too would better understand the truth concerning Jesus, so that we may better know Him and make Him known to others.
Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!" When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him--and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well." Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you." - Luke 17:11-21
Today's sermon is given by Pastor Rick Iwanaga. He is the former pastor of our sister church in West Covina and currently serves as the chair of the Holiness Shepherds Council. Today he is speaking on the importance of living a life of gratitude to God for the healing He has given us from our sin. Application points from this message come from the story of Jesus healing the ten lepers. Pastor Rick highlights the dire consequences of leprousy with the current pandemic that listeners might relate more to the story. Moreover, Pastor Rick emphasizes that to live a life of gratitude is to live a life of wholehearted obedience to God. May we all thank and obey God, especially in light of His healing work of removing our sin.