Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.
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After Jesus finished presenting all his words among the people, he entered Capernaum. 2 A centurion had a servant who was very important to him, but the servant was ill and about to die. 3 When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to Jesus to ask him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they earnestly pleaded with Jesus. “He deserves to have you do this for him,” they said. 5 “He loves our people and he built our synagogue for us.”
6 Jesus went with them. He had almost reached the house when the centurion sent friends to say to Jesus, “Lord, don’t be bothered. I don’t deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 In fact, I didn’t even consider myself worthy to come to you. Just say the word and my servant will be healed. 8 I’m also a man appointed under authority, with soldiers under me. I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and the servant does it.”
9 When Jesus heard these words, he was impressed with the centurion. He turned to the crowd following him and said, “I tell you, even in Israel I haven’t found faith like this.” 10 When the centurion’s friends returned to his house, they found the servant restored to health.
When Jesus heard these words, he was impressed with the centurion. He turned to the crowd following him and said, “I tell you, even in Israel I haven’t found faith like this.” —Luke 7:9
What, do you think, was so remarkable about the Roman centurion’s faith? In no other part of the Gospel does Jesus explicitly express his awe in another’s faith. It’s also interesting to note that Jesus and the centurion never met face to face. And from an earthly perspective, the centurion actually possessed more power than Jesus. It’s a combination of these two facts that stood out to Jesus. The centurion, while aware of his own authority, understood he did not have power over everything, including sickness and death. His faith was evident not only in his hope in Jesus to save his servant but also in his belief that Jesus could heal through his Spirit.
Questions to Discuss:
Who is one of the most faithful Christians you know? What about the person reflects his or her faith?
In what ways do you determine where to place your faith?
How does humility play into faith?