Faith – The Common Thread of Discipleship (Luke 17:1-10)

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. It’s five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no many have gone before!

Okay, be honest, how many of you just heard the voice of Captain James T. Kirk in your head? And if you’re a true Trekkie you can even tell me how that opening sequence has changed over the years.

So, who’s your favorite character in the series? Mine has always been Montgomery Scott, or Scotty for short. I loved his Scottish brogue straight out of Aberdeen, and I often tried to emulate it as a child. But it never quite sounded the same given the twang of my Okie accent.

If you watch more than a handful of episodes of the famous TV series then you no doubt can answer two questions right off the top of your mind: 1) What request did Scotty often get from Captain Kirk, and 2) How did Scotty always respond?  Go ahead, no one’s listening, give it ago in your best Scottish brogue.

You know how it goes: “Kirk to Engine Room. Go ahead Captain, this is Scotty. Scotty, __ _____ ______ _________! Sir, I’m ________ ___ ___ ___ ___!”  Okay, sign your name on the top of your sheet and hand them in, we’ll see how you did on the test tomorrow.

Seriously, what in the world does this have to do with Luke 17? Well would it surprise you to know that the Apostles’ made a very similar request of Jesus. And His answer is one of the most often misquoted passages in all of Scripture. It is taken out of context so often that few people even know it. Once you see it, it will change your whole perspective on His answer. Don’t miss it, it will launch your faith into a brave new world, and you will boldly go where you have never gone before. Okay, I’ll bet I have your attention now.

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