THE POWER OF FAITH
Scripture: (Matthew 17:14-21),
Jesus, during His earthly ministry, often spoke to His Disciples about the power of faith, saying, if you have faith as a muster
seed, you will say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move, as told in (Matthew, 17, verse 14, thru 21).
In lesson one, we will discuss three topics.
A) How to have the mind of a believer
B) How to come expecting a miracle
C) How to know God is faithful to His written word
As we study the words and thoughts of the Centurion: we too can develop the mindset of a believer, who, like the Centurion, will also exhibit great faith. The Centurion recognized the true
deity of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
Open your Bible to
(Matthew 8, verses 5 thru 10) And let’s read how the Centurion described Who he believed Jesus to be.
(V-5) Now, when Jesus had entered
(Ca-per’na-um), a Centurion
came to Him, pleading with Him,
(V-6) saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed,
(V-7) Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
(V-8) The Centurion answered and said, “Lord,
I am not worthy
That you should come under my roof. But only speak a
word, and my servant will recover from his illness.
For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers
beneath and I say to the one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to
another, ‘Come.’ and he comes; and
to my servant, ’Do
this, and he does it.
(V-10) When Jesus heard it, He marveled and said, to those who
I say to you I have not found such
great faith, not even in Israel.
As we carefully study the conversation the Centurion was having with Jesus; we will learn that: although
the Centurion felt unworthy to stand in the presence of Jesus, he did not lose his faith in Jesus, who has the power to heal his servant, for he said to Jesus. Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant
will be made well.
Like the Centurion, at times, Christians may also feel unworthy
To stand before God, but the good news is when we do feel
unworthy, the apostle Paul reminds us that it is God, who is able, to make us worthy, as told in (Romans 14, verse 4).
When I think of the
centurions faith in, Jesus, it reminds me of The question Jesus asked His Disciples saying, who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?
your Bible to
(Matt.16, verses,13 thru19)
And let’s read the Disciples answers.
(V-14) So His Disciples said, some say John the Baptist, some
Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.
(V-15) Then Jesus said to them,
But who do you say I am?
(V-16) Simon Peter answered and said, you are the Christ, the
Son of the living God.
(V-17) Jesus answered
and said to him, Blessed are you Simon
Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to
You, but My Father who is in heaven.
(V-18) And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I
will build My church, and Hades shall not prevail against
(V-19) And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and
Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and
Whatever you loose on earth will be loosed
Today, I will ask you the same question Jesus asked, His, Disciples saying who do you say that I, the Son of Man, am? Your answer will determine your walk with the Lord. Jesus said, if you
love Me keep My commandments, And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever. The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it nether sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells
with you and will be in you.
Join us in the October Newsletter as the Pastor discusses: How to come expecting a miracle.