The Faith That Marvels Jesus
Passage: Luke 7:1–10
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- Think about the reasons why the Jews earnestly plead with Jesus on behalf of the centurion to heal his servant. What does this tell you about how the Jews judged a person’s “worthiness”? In spite of his good deeds, do you think the centurion was worthy of God’s blessing? Why or why not?
- Why are human beings so prone towards a works based relationship with deity; i.e. a mentality that thinks God “owes us” for our good deeds and inherent worthiness? How can this kind of thinking be destructive and ultimately damning? In what ways in your past, have you fallen into this kind of thinking?
- Why might a Roman centurion have a better vantage point to understand Jesus’ authority than, say, a Jewish fisherman or religious leader? What did the centurion need to believe about Jesus in order to come to his conclusions about Jesus’ authority? What insight does this give you about the kind of faith that Jesus marvels at?
- How does a centurion-like faith help a person to overcome ongoing habitual sin? How does this kind of faith make a person both humble and bold?