How to Build Our Faith in God (pt. 3)

Monday Morning Moment / Key Takewaway:
“Great faith does NOT change God’s will; it empowers us to AGREE with God’s will.” (1 John 5:14-15)
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Sermon Handout

  • Luke 7:1-10
Sermon Series:
Will Robinson

Key facts about this certain centurion:

A. He understood compassion (vv.2-3) (Centurions not known for compassion, love for Jews or benevolence)

His servant is “valued highly.” In several other passages this refers to positions of highest honor. In both Luke 7:7 and Matthew 8:6 he will be referred to, not as a servant, but as a child. In other words, he is more than just a servant. He had become like a son to the centurion.

B. He understood being a believer (7:6) “Lord, trouble not thyself:”

1 Corinthians 12:3 (NLT)3 So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.

3 When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. (faith = hearing)

Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

C. He understood his unworthiness (v.4 & v.6)

JEWISH ELDERS: —-4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: 5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.

CENTURION: —-6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:

Romans 3:10 – As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Ephesians 2:8 – 9 (KJV) 8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Centurion vs. Namaan—–2 Kings 5:8 – 14 (ESV)

MMM: “Great faith does NOT change God’s will; it empowers us to AGREE with God’s will.” (1 John 5:14-15)