2021 THEME: Life on the Edge
Series: Eyes Wide Open
TITLE: Eyes of Amazement
Scripture: Mt. 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10
“A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.” Nietzsche
“Faith is nothing but spiritualized imagination.” Beecher
“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” Thomas Aquinas
I. THE STORY UNFOLDING BEFORE OUR EYES
Follows the Sermon on the Mount. Gives rise to the question every pastor asks: (How are my words being applied?)
The heart of the story: the centurion’s concern (for his slave). This was far from the norm. Scholars estimate that (50%) of the Roman population consisted of slaves. They were seen as (property).
II. THE SAVIOR UNVEILS HIS FEELINGS
Both Matthew and Luke tell us Jesus’ reaction: (He marveled). The NLT uses the words, (He was amazed).
The word marveled in Greek means “to be in awe and wonder; to be amazed.”
True faith had infiltrated the centurion’s life. How it works:
1. Faith transforms into values of (love and concern) for others.
2. He had a (humbled heart) despite his position.
3. Submission to (Christ’s authority) in time of need.
Theme: Life on the Edge / Series: Eyes Wide Open
Title: Eyes of Discernment- John 4