"Amazing Faith" - Luke 7:1-10

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To have great faith in Jesus is to place our complete trust in Jesus. This is the lesson we learn from an encounter of Jesus with a centurion who makes a bold and audacious request. And Jesus commends him for his faith. In fact, Jesus stands amazed.

The message was given on October 27, 2013 at New City Church in Calgary by Pastor John Ferguson. For more info, go to www.NewCityChurch.ca.

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"Amazing Faith" - Luke 7:1-10

  1. 1. “Amazing Faith” Luke 7:1-10 image: monkeyc.net
  2. 2. God Gives Us His Words of Eternal Life Today’s Scripture: Luke 7:1-10 Found on page 856 in our guest Bibles.
  3. 3. faith
  4. 4. “Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence.” ~ Atheist Richard Dawkins
  5. 5. “Amazing Faith” Luke 7:1-10 image: monkeyc.net
  6. 6. Be on the lookout for... 1 The recognition of who Jesus is 2 The trust the follows in light of it
  7. 7. Luke 7:1 After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum....
  8. 8. Luke 7:2 Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him....
  9. 9. Luke 7:3 When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant....
  10. 10. Luke 7:4-5 And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue....
  11. 11. Ruins of the 3rd century synagogue in Capernaum
  12. 12. The ‘white’ synagogue was built upon the foundation of the ‘black’ synagogue that was built by the centurion.
  13. 13. Luke 7:4-5 And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue....
  14. 14. Luke 7:6 And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am unworthy to have you come under my roof....
  15. 15. How do you see Jesus, and how do you see yourself? The two questions are connected, because when we see Jesus as he really is—in all his splendor—we also see our true spiritual need…
  16. 16. ...This is not poisonous pessimism, but a healthy realism that helps us breath the fresh air of the gospel.
  17. 17. Luke 7:7-8 “Therefore, I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another
  18. 18. Luke 7:8 “...‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it....”
  19. 19. Luke 7:9 When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith....”
  20. 20. Luke 7:10 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well.
  21. 21. ~ JC Ryle, 1816-1900 Church of England “A greater miracle of healing than this is nowhere recorded in the Gospels. Without even seeing the sufferer, without touch of hand or look of eye, our Lord restores health to a dying man by a single word. He speaks, and the sick man is cured. He commands, and the disease departs.”
  22. 22. Important Question Why does Luke include this story in his historical biography of Jesus?
  23. 23. To have great faith in Jesus is to place our complete trust in Jesus
  24. 24. 1 Take the sure step of trusting boldly in Jesus
  25. 25. “You are no longer faced with an argument which demands your assent, but with a Person who demands your confidence.” ~ CS Lewis Professor at Oxford
  26. 26. 2 Grow your faith by getting to know Jesus more.
  27. 27. The more you know about Christ the less will you be satisfied with superficial views of him; and the more deeply you study his transactions in the eternal covenant, his engagements on your behalf as the eternal Surety, and the fullness of his grace which shines in all his offices..., ~ Charles Spurgeon “The Prince of Preachers”
  28. 28. ...the more truly will you see the King in his beauty. Be much in such outlooks. Long more and more to see Jesus. ~ Charles Spurgeon “The Prince of Preachers”
  29. 29. flickr images courtesy of: monkeyc.net: http://www.flickr.com/photos/73584213@N00/559749139/ other images: Photos.com: james steidl / 92655990 Capernaum Synagogue: http://www.israeljerusalem.com/capernaum-synagogue.htm http://www.lugaresbiblicos.com/annotations.htm Photos.com: masashi sakajiri / 147055961 Photos.com: Ivan Kmit / 95631678

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