Monday, January 16, 2012

Sermon Wrap-up

Last night, we heard Jonathan Hillman talk about his trip to Irbit, Russia, with FBC Stuttgart. He showed some pictures and shared how the trip went. I think we gained a great deal from hearing from him.

Yesterday morning, the sermon was from Matthew 8:5-13. Here’s the audio link: Primary and Backup.

Here’s the basic outline:

Matthew 8:5-13

The Faith of the Centurion

Story itself: v. 7 could also be a question "Shall I come and heal him?" or simply a statement that "I will come and heal him"

I. Non-Jewish--no Kingdom restrictions on ethnicity

I. Non-Jewish--this guy's not looking for a Messiah. In fact, the Messianic Expectations are counter to his job (and potentially his life)

I. Non-Jewish--no background of the Old Testament

II. Roman--yet uses "Lord"

III. Discuss use of "Lord" and the relationship to later persecution

IV. Worthiness--how do we behave?

V. Authority--being "under authority"--Some give me orders, I give others orders is the concept

V. Authority--belongs all to Him. Even the likely pagan recognizes that everything falls under Jesus' authority

VI. Faith--trust

VI. Faith--not totally learned from those around him, but developed

VII. Kingdom cleansing--those who think it is theirs without faith will lose it

VII. Kingdom cleansing--those who think they are unworthy but have faith will gain it

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