Scripture Nugget w/Life Application Topic 10.23.2015

“After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, ‘He is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.’ And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, ‘Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, “Go,” and he goes, and to another, “Come,” and he comes, and to my slave, “Do this,” and the slave does it.’ When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, ‘I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.’ When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.” Luke 7:1-10


Life Application Topic


The church can spend a lot of energy trying to figure out who is in the kingdom and who is out. Interestingly, the boundary lines seem to form around those who believe the same way we do! Jesus offers us some surprises about faith. The centurion is not even of the household of Israel, yet Jesus celebrates his faith (7:9). Is it possible that faith can be in unexpected persons? Jesus sees faith not as matter of accepting certain doctrinal teachings, but as trust that God can bring transformation (7:6). In the Wesleyan tradition, the journey of faith includes an expectation of transformation, change, and holy living. -Wesley Study Bible pg 1250