Matthew 8:5-13 (NIV)
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.
CG Discussion Points
- Explain your understanding on the definition of faith. What is faith from the heart in contrast to the mind when evidence of things is not seen? Are you seeking God and His Word diligently before making a major decision in your life? (Hebrews 11:1, 6; Romans 10:17)
- What makes up great faith in Jesus’ terms? How is faith established in relation to God’s Word? How does the centurion’s belief on Jesus’ authority, power and integrity of His Word teach you in growing your measure of faith?
(Matthew 8:5-13; Matthew 15:25-28; Hebrews 4:2)
- Discuss how to walk by faith and not by sight practically? What should your belief be focused on? What can you do to strengthen your faith, while waiting for God’s promise to be manifested amidst unfavorable developments or contrary signals. (2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 6:11; Matthew 14:29-31)