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Bible Story: Healing the Centurion’s Servant (Luke 7:1-10 )
Aim: To see and know Jesus is in control over everything. He determines when and how someone is healed.
Intro to Questions: To have the kind of faith that pleases Jesus as the centurion’s faith did, we must truly believe Jesus is in control of everything. It was not the centurion’s faith that healed his servant. There is no amount of faith, no good behavior, and no secret wording we can use to control which miracles Jesus will perform. That’s because Jesus is truly in control of everything.
1) Everyone would have been surprised to hear Jesus say a Gentile, like the centurion, had more faith than any Jew in Israel. The Jews thought the Savior was coming to save only the Jewish people. Did Jesus come for only one nation or one type of people? (No. In John 3:16, Jesus says “…whoever believes in Him shall not perish by have eternal life.”)
2) Jesus is in control of everything, including how and when we are healed. He chooses the perfect timing. When has Jesus answered your prayer in an unexpected way or at an unexpected time? Why is it important to look for what Jesus is choosing to do instead of waiting to see what we want or expect Him to do?
3) Do you have faith, as the centurion did, that Jesus can heal anyone? Do you know someone who is very sick? How can you talk to Jesus about that person? (Pray.)
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