- This is a series about worldviews
- For those who call themselves Christians, the only worldview we should hold is the biblical worldview – one that causes us to have a lifestyle based on God’s Word.
Today’s topic is FAITH.
Matthew 8:5-10 (NIV) When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” 7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” 8The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 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.” 10When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.
- The Roman centurion was an important man and had unique qualities
- Most centurions earned their command over 15-20 years of proving themselves in battle.
- Luke 7 tells us he loved the Jewish people and built them a synagogue
- He actually cared about his young servant who is suffering horribly.
- But these things aren’t the only unique things about this Roman, he has faith in Jesus! In fact, so much faith that Jesus is amazed by it.
- Jesus uses this faith as an opportunity to talk about who will become a part of the Kingdom of Heaven – those who put their faith in Jesus (Matthew 8:11-13)
- The Bible tells us that God wishes everyone to be a part of the kingdom. (2 Peter 3:9)
What is Faith?
- The Bible talks about THE Faith and PERSONAL Faith
- “The Faith” – our belief in God that makes us a part of the Kingdom. Our general beliefs and doctrines about who God is and our relationship with him
- “Personal faith” – Our ongoing personal belief in what God desires for us
- Faith in God goes beyond just Intellectual Acknowledgement
- Genuine faith doesn’t just believe God exists, but causes us to order our life in a way that makes Jesus our Savior and Lord
- Faith is essential to salvation (Hebrews 11:6)
- The Roman soldier exhibited attributes of genuine faith
- Making Christ Lord of our life brings about a radical change in us. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Struggling with our faith
- Many struggle when difficult times come. We lose faith that God sovereign is and good.
- The Bible tells us trials will come (1 Peter 1:6-7)
- Despite this, many have bought into the lie that if we serve God, hard things won’t happen. When trials come it causes them to be disillusioned.
- Why trials? They prove our faith is genuine, not counterfeit.
- The Bible teaches us to embrace our trials because they are ultimately for our good! (Romans 5:3-4)
- Athletes and combat soldiers understand the importance of intense training that build us up before we have to prove ourselves.
- The only way GENUINE faith is verified is through trials and adversity
- Going through hard things gives us perspective. Oftentimes the fear of going through something is worse than going through it – especially if God is with us.
- Having genuine faith doesn’t mean perfect faith. All of us doubt and stumble.
- How do we know if our faith is genuine? Only by going through trials and remaining faithful to Christ. It’s the only way.
- God desires our faith to grow. (2 Corinthians 10:15)
- Our genuine faith not only affects us, it effects those around us
Our part in allowing God to grow our faith:
- Remember God’s promises and his faithfulness, which requires knowing his Word
- Be around people that encourage us when we struggle with faith (Romans 1:11-12)
For Small Group Discussion:
Opening Question: What stood out to you the most from the sermon this week?
Main Point: Humility and serving others is what it takes to be Christ-like.
Read/Tell the Story: Matthew 20:20-28
- Who has been a good example to you in your own life of someone with a servant’s heart?
- Why do you think the mother in this story asked for her sons to sit at the right and left hand of the Lord?
- Why is it sometimes difficult to exercise humility with the people you live and work with?
- Has someone else ever gotten something that you felt like you deserved? Good or bad?
- When have you had the opportunity to serve someone else that felt rewarding to you?
- Who is God asking you to serve in this season of your life?
Supporting Scripture: • Luke 14:7-11, Psalm 100:2, 1 Peter 4:8-10