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    • A NAMELESS SOLDIER WITH SOLID FAITH Luke 7:1-10
    • Luke 7:1-10 (TNIV)
      • When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion's servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue." 6 So Jesus went with them.
    • Luke 7:1-10 (TNIV)
      •     He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: "Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
    • Luke 7:1-10 (TNIV)
      •     9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel." 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
    • It’s another story of a nameless person who impresses Jesus with their faith
    • Commitment
      • Lord, I believe that all things are possible with you. Since by your command the Universe exists, my problems are small potatoes. Just say the word and it’s a done deal. So I put my life and my cares in your hands, oh, God of wonders.
    • Worship with Music
    • How often Jesus found faith in unlikely places!
      • A Syro-Phoenician woman received healing for her demon-possessed daughter by faith in Jesus. (Mark 7:24-30)
      • A woman who suffered from years of bleeding ― no name ― but big faith and a place in the annals of history.
      • Blind people, lepers, the lame ― all sorts of people in the margins of life impressed Jesus with their faith.
    • Such heroes were not from the upper crust of society
      • Jesus’ most scathing remarks were aimed at the pompous, religious stuffed shirts.
      • Heroes were (Good?) Samaritans, tax collectors, prostitutes and the like.
      • It isn’t status or achievement that gets God’s attention. It is faith in this man, also considered marginal (nothing about him that we’d be drawn to him…Isaiah 53) Jesus, that counts.
    • Communion. Remembering that His death sets us free!
      • I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
      • I have decided to follow Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
      • Jewish elders come to Jesus, seeking his help for a Good Man who has a heart for the community.
      • “ This man deserves to have you do this, since he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.”
      Today we meet a gentile military man filled with humility and belief in Jesus
      • He has not appeared in person since he considered himself unworthy of Jesus.
      • It’s another story of desperate faith that calls out to the creator of the universe to set a little matter straight.
      Today we meet a gentile military man filled with humility and belief in Jesus
      • As Jesus approached the house with where the nearly-sick servant is languishing…servants come running to him. “Our master says there is no need for you to come all the way to his dying servant.”
      • I’m a soldier and I know how the chain-of-command works. I say “Go and do thus and such…and people obey me”
      Jesus responds quickly: Our faith + his compassion gets him moving!
      • “ I know that that’s how it works with you, Jesus. Just say the word, since I am unworthy to have you enter my home.”
      • “ So just say the word, Lord.”
      Jesus responds quickly: Our faith + his compassion gets him moving!
      • Jesus turned to the crowd to say: I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.
      • The sick one is healed instantly!
      What amazes Jesus? Such simple, total, believing faith!
      • This is what we say about religious leaders, “You have pull with God since you are trained and a leader.”
      • Is this how it works? Does the record (Bible) bear this out?
      • Faith is everybody’s key to wonders and victory!
      Who has special connections with God?
      • While religious leaders were frowning, doubting and checking out Jesus’ pedigree, the lame got up and walked, the blind were given sight.
      • Deep faith impresses God, and gets a mighty victorious response.
      • Sir Centurion, we salute you…we the marginal people of the world.
      Who has special connections with God?
      • Relationships in a mess?
      • Addictions have you in chains?
      • Failure has you neutralized?
      • Feeling far from God?
      • Treading water or losing ground?
      What ails us that is waiting for the command of the long distance physician?
      • The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
      • In my distress I called to the Lord.
      • From his temple he heard my voice.
      • He parted the waters and came down.
      • He reached down from on high and took hold of me.
      • He rescued me from my powerful enemy
      Psalm 18 is a song of God’s immediate response to our plight
      • We have a friend who hears our cry.
      • He responds to our faith, even in times of confusion and terror.
      • He longs to set our feet on solid ground.
      • He may heal us or he may choose to walk with us through the storm.
      • It’s the good life!
      Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever
    • Worship with Music
    • Prayer Requests
    • Commitment
      • Lord, I believe that all things are possible with you. Since by your command the Universe exists, my problems are small potatoes. Just say the word and it’s a done deal. So I put my life and my cares in your hands, oh, God of wonders.
    • Go and Serve with a Soldier’s Faith