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.
Here’s the basic outline:
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--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