The Duty of the Disciple (Luke 17:1-10)

How does a disciple of Jesus Christ grow in his or her faith? How do Christians grow in genuine love for one another and delightful obedience to their Lord? Having just been told by Jesus to walk in love, to pay attention to one’s manner of life so that no one is caused to stumble, and to gently rebuke and eagerly forgive a brother who sins, the disciples respond: “Increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5). But what we see in this passage is that it is not the level of our faith but the object of our faith that matters the most. In this sermon, Pastor Matt implores us to repent and look to Christ, the good and faithful servant who accomplished salvation, in order that we might grow strong in our faith and live as joyful slaves of God.