Mt. 23:11 “...He that is greatest among you shall be your servant.”

Ps. 119:165 “Great peace have they which love thy law; and nothing shall offend them.”

Gal. 5:6 “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worth by love.”


2Corinthians 10:15, 2Thessalonians 1:3


  1. 1. What did the disciples say when Jesus told them offenses would come and they needed to forgive their offenders? 

  1. 2. Why did the Lord use the mustard seed as an example of the amount of faith needed to move a mountain?

  1. 3. How tall does a mustard plant grow?

  1. 4. Increasing one’s faith pivots on 

   a) believing harder      b) reading more of the Word 

   c) mustering up faith  d) having a servant-heart

  1. 5. Overcoming offenses is not necessary when then the other person is wrong.   T     F

  1. 6. What happened to Norah, Dathan and Abiram when they thought more highly of themselves than they should have?

  2. a)Their head swelled up, and they could not get through the door of their tents. 

  3. b)They were promoted. 

  4. c) They became very popular.

d) The earth swallowed them up. 

  1. 7. Offenses happen in our lives to help us grow our faith.   T     F

  1. 8. Fasting is not related to growing our faith.   T     F

  1. 9. List three ways in which our faith grows.

  1. 10.  We are spiritual gardeners.  T     F

  1. 11.  Our inherent sinfulness harbors the seed of iniquity even though we are saved.   T     F

  1. 12. Our focus should be on

        a) getting rid of the weeds in our lives 

        b) planting the seeds of faith in our lives

  1. 13.  What is it that fuels our faith according to Galatians 5:6? 

        a) believing God      b) taking action 

        c) love              d) trust



Journal about one of these two topics:

  1. 1.LOVE


LOVE: God has plans for our lives, yet His plans don’t always turn out His way.   The reason ... He gives us a will - the power to make choices, which may or may not be according to His will. 

Was it God’s plan for Israel to wander in the wilderness for 40 years?  Was it God’s will or David’s will for him to commit adultery with Bathsheba?  Was it God’s will that Moses was angry and struck the rock twice?  

In each of these situations, LOVE is at the center of a person’s will.  LOVE is at the center of what he believes and what he does.   The human will empowers us to do what we want to do.  We believe in what we love and we do what we love.  What a powerful truth!  The force of love is at the core of all faith and behavior. 

Take a moment of prayerful and introspection to consider your LOVES in life.  Love drives us to know more about what or who we love.  Love grows our faith ... regardless of whether our faith is in God or in something else.

JOURNAL - Write a letter to the Lord.  Share your loves, (plural) with Him.  Be transparent (totally honest) about what you love about Him and your other loves.  Other loves are not always wrong.  Remember, God gives us desires (loves) in life that He wants us to use for His purposes.  We also have loves for things that may not be in keeping with His plans for our lives.  Share your heart before the Lord in your letter to Him.

OFFENSES:  They do happen.  Journal your prayer for victory over offenses so that your faith can grow.  It’s so crucial in every one of lives. 


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