Back to the Basics Part Two: With Christ in Context

April 25, 2021
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April 25, 2021 UCC User

2. With Christ in Context

After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue.” And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying 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 say the word, and let my servant be healed. For I too 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 servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” 10 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well.

Luke 7: 1-10


Sermon Points

I. Our stories reveal the relation of Faith to Salvation (vv 1-10)

II. Discerning Obstacles to and Opportunities for Growth (vv 3-7a)

III. Working out our salvation with Jesus (vv 7b-10)

Food for Thought

“It is the glory of the gospel that it meets our need. It comes to us in our sin and begins to undo what has been wrongly done in our lives in order that God’s image may be restored. But it also pronounces us already to be, in Christ, what we will be in ourselves only when we are transformed by the last great crisis into his perfect image (1 John 3:1-3). Perhaps the most wonderful thing of all is that God lifts us from not only what we are by nature to what Adam was in the Garden of Eden, but to what Adam was to become in the presence of God, and would have been had he persevered in obedience. The gospel does not make us like Adam in his innocence- it makes us like Christ, in all the perfection of his reflection of God. This is the essence of the salvation Christ provides, and it undergirds the experience and doctrine which we find in the New Testament (Rom 8:29).”

– Sinclair B. Ferguson. Know Your Christian Life. Pg 14.

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Life Group Questions

Apply the Text

1.What is God using in your life right now to convince you of your need for salvation?What are you going through right now? How is he using the circumstances of your life, your failures and weaknesses, your relationships and trials, to show you your need to change?  Where are you coming to the end of your resources?

2. What are your riches? To what do you instinctively turn in these situations? Your intelligence, your power and giftedness, your moral superiority, your good deeds? How are they obstacles to bearing the fruit of love we are called to bear?

3. What will it look like for you to obey Jesus and put your trust fully in his Authority, Power and Mercy? How can you be praying about this? Perhaps there are some ways you can call your brothers and sisters in the church to come along side you for support? Perhaps you need to ask or extend forgiveness? What is God calling you to today?