10-15               Distractions

 

**Calls**

**Text**

**Toys**

**People**

**Building**

Luke 21:5-6 “Some of his disciples began talking about the majestic stonework of the Temple and the memorial decorations on the walls. But Jesus said,  “The time is coming when all these things will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”

We tend to be a people of stuff.

We tend to be a people of pride.

We tend to be a people who are proud of our stuff.

 

“Oh, look at this new thing I got”

“Oh, see the pretty decorations?”

“Got me a new truck, jealous?”

 

We get so easily sidetracked by the stuff of the world; even the stuff at church.

I am not saying that we do not take care of God’s Stuff, or want God’s stuff to look its very best.

But sometimes we humans can go overboard and spend a lot of God’s money building huge, giant glass edifices or brick castles we forget that it is God’s money.

We forget it serves a purpose but is a tool; and not one that will last forever.

The disciples were even caught up in the glitz and glamour of the structure.

They were DISTRACTED by the shiny objects of the world

The Temple Elite were more proud of their beautiful structure than the God who allowed them to serve inside of it.

Jesus had been teaching them some very important lessons about faith, giving, the resurrection and who He really is; but they are distracted by the “majestic stonework” and “memorial decorations”

He is preparing to teach them eschatology, a very important issue for every Christian to understand.

ESCHATOLOGY:  [es cuh TOL ih gih] — a theological term that designates the study of what will happen at the end of history, particularly the event known as the SECOND COMING of Christ. The word comes from two Greek words, ‎eschatos ‎(last) and ‎logos ‎(study) – thus its definition as “the study of last things.” (Nelson’s)

We will dive off into that after our Revival services.

Right now, Jesus wants their attention; they needed to focus on Him and not the building and decorations.

How can we grow closer to God if we are not even paying attention to Him?

Telling them that everything they see will soon be completely destroyed seems like a great way to garner someone’s attention.

What in the World has captured your attention more than God?

What can so easily distract you from seeking God and listening to His Son Jesus Christ?

Sports?            Hobbies?         Facebook?       Games?           Self?                Gossip?           Backbiting?            Boasting?        Alcohol/Drugs

Stop It!

What shiny object does our eternal enemy use to pull you off a life focused on God?

STOP IT!

All of that “stuff” is so temporary and meaningless.

What are you looking at or thinking about during Sunday School, Church, Bible Study or your personal devotion time WHEN you should be completely focused on God?

Your phone?  The Clock?

Get your attention back on the King of kings and Lord of lords!

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God’s Way                  July 16, 2017

Luke 19:1-10 “He entered Jericho and was passing through.  And there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich.  And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small of stature.  So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.”  So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully.  And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”  And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  

Many will remember this scripture by the little song that reminds us “Zacchaeus was a wee, little man,
And a wee, little man was he.
He climbed up in a sycamore tree,
For the Lord he wanted to see”

 We tend to lose sight of the reality that this text is not about Zacchaeus but instead about how God effected Zacchaeus’ life and family.

This scripture is about God and how God reaches us, the hurting people who need Him.

God’s Way, not our way.

  1. God’s Way is to be there
    1. Jesus was “passing through” Jericho
      1. He was not there by accident
      2. God knew there were lost and hurting people there who needed Him immensely
  • God knew Zacchaeus’ need long before Zacchaeus knew his need
  1. God is everywhere
    1. He is exactly where you need Him
    2. He is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18
  • He is near everyone who calls on Him in truth – Psalm 145:18
  1. He is the God who is near – Jeremiah 23.23
  2. He is not far from each of us – Acts 17:27
  1. God’s Way is to know everything about us
    1. He knew who Zacchaeus was
    2. He knew him and his family
    3. He knew his sins and his need for salvation
    4. He knew Zacchaeus was ready for new life
    5. He knew Zacchaeus had to repent
  2. God’s way is to show us His Way.
    1. We need to Know that God’s Way is the BEST way
    2. He knew Zacchaeus was trying to see Him Zacchaeus’ own way
      1. He climbed up a tree
        1. Was not really thinking of a personal relationship
          1. God was
        2. Contrast with the Lady with the issue of blood who crawled on her belly though a crowd to reach Jesus and just touch the hem His robe. God had more for both of them!
        3. He made Zacchaeus come down from the tree he found himself up for all the wrong reasons
          1. Ever found yourself up a tree or out on a limb?
          2. He was about to begin a new personal relationship with Zacchaeus
  • But FIRST Zacchaeus had to come down from the tree…undo the WORKS he had done
  1. What barrier or DISTANCE have you put up to Jesus?
  2. Are you wanting to see who Jesus is but have no real interaction with Him?
  3. Maybe you think it is enough to get “in the same general area” as Jesus but not get to know Him?
  1. Zacchaeus repented – he changed his heart and promised to restore what he had stolen
    1. Even while the ones he would return the money to were grumbling and complaining that Jesus was going to his house
  2. God’s Way is to bring salvation
    1. Jesus came to seek and save the lost
    2. Jesus saves
    3. Even the worst of sinners with the worst reputations
    4. John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

June 18th                      Fathers Day                 God’s Rules

Ephesians 6:1-4 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”  Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”   ESV

  1. Kids, obey your parents
    1. Maybe the way to better parents is to be better kids
      1. I was not always the best kid around
        1. Through God, my parents brought me into this world
        2. They cleaned me, fed me, took care of me
        3. They made sure I went to school, to the doctor, and, as best they could, had more than I needed!
      2. Maybe I should have been more obedient and respectful
        1. It is the RIGHT thing to do
        2. Honor them
  • Respect them
  1. Obey them
    1. Makes your life easier
    2. Gives you longer life
      1. “The put you in this world, they can take you out!”
    3. This is the WILL OF GOD for you
      1. Disobedience is sin
      2. Talking SMACK about your parentals is SIN
  • Rebellion is sin
  1. Dads rules may sometimes seem harsh, weird or unnecessary
    1. But they have purpose
      1. They try to keep you safe
      2. They try to build character
  • They try to build submission and service
  1. The rules are for your own good
    1. But we don’t see that
    2. We want OUR WAY
    3. We rebel against our Dads Will
  2. No matter how much he is trying to help us
    1. And we usually end up in trouble
    2. We get hurt
    3. We make mistakes
      1. Some short term
      2. Some last longer
    4. Funny how the older we get the wiser our parentals become
  3. Reality, being all that reality is, teaches us that we are all like this
    1. We like to learn the hard way for some reason
      1. We touch the hot stove
      2. We suffer the consequences
    2. We hear God’s Rules but do not follow them
      1. We THINK we know better
      2. We rebel against God
  • We touch the hot stove
    1. For no GOOD reason except we want to what we are told not to do
  1. We PURPOSEFULLY do what we are told not to do by our father
  2. We suffer the consequences
    1. Punishment
    2. Problems
    3. Pain
  3. Until we take those problems to God, our HEAVENLY FATHER
    1. He forgives
    2. He restores He heals
  4. 1 John 1:5-10 “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”   ESV
  5. It is funny how the older we get the WISER God becomes to us
    1. PLEASE turn to God while you are young

 

  1. The rest will probably not be included after a Sunday Morning Re-Write
  2. Dad’s have responsibilities as well
    1. The GOOD DAD
      1. Disciplines their children
      2. Teaches their children
        1. Trades
        2. Crafts
        3. Hobbies
        4. FAITH
          1. The church is not primarily responsible for teaching your kids!
            1. YOU ARE
  • DO NOT Provoke your children to anger
    1. Keep YOUR Cool
    2. Understand
    3. Listen
    4. Correct unacceptable behavior
      1. Don’t try to beat it out of them
    5. The GOOD DAD is TOUGH but FAIR
    6. The GOOD DAD LISTENS and LOVES and DOESN’T LEAVE
  1. Dads are absolutely necessary in our families today
    1. BE THERE
    2. Your place is at home
      1. Not in the bars
      2. Not running around till all hours
    3. Sure, enjoy your hobbies
      1. IF possible take your kids and wife!
    4. All of this is a reflection of how we should be with God
      1. Honor Him
      2. Respect Him
      3. Obey Him
    5. Our ABBA is the ULTIMATE GOOD FATHER
      1. Christians are His children
        1. We have that right
      2. Yes, sometimes He disciplines us
        1. To correct our behavior and call us to Himself
      3. Yes, He teaches us
        1. Teaches
        2. Gifts us with skills, talents and abilities
      4. He LOVES us!
        1. Completely and Totally
        2. He is COMMITTED to us
          1. FOREVER
          2. Never will He abandon us
  • He is TOUGH but FAIR
  1. He LISTENS and LOVES and DOESN’T LEAVE
  1. He is the MODEL FATHER we should seek to be

April 23, 2017:       Love is….minimum? OR  How DEEP is your love?

Luke 17:7-10 “Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’?  Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’?   Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded?  So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'” ESV

When we are in love with someone we are willing to “go that extra mile” to make them happy.  We will spend the extra money and time to travel across the state just to visit them.  We will buy them something just because we know they will enjoy the gift.  We may…MAY…even take out the trash or do laundry without even being asked; just because we love them.

How much more should we be willing to give to GOD and serve God out of our love for Him?

Why do we make excuses?

Why do we figure out what our minimum financial gift will be?

Why do we struggle with spending time with Him in SS, Church, Prayer meetings, ministry events, revivals, Bible readings, prayer and more?

  • We like to be served
    • We like to take advantage of those who serve us
      • We don’t know them
      • We certainly don’t love them
      • We demand and demand
        • My drink has been empty for 48 seconds
        • I cannot believe this line is so long and the checker is so slow
  • We always want more
    • We want to feel more important
    • We want to feel more special
    • We want to feel more submission from those below us
      • We are an arrogant people
    • So much of our culture seems to be focused on doing the BARE MINIMUM – just enough to get by
      • How many widgets or sprockets am I expected to make
      • How long do I have to complete this task
      • How little can I do and keep the boss happy

We FAIL when we serve God with this attitude

    • How MUCH MORE can I do for my Savior?
    • Can I reach just ONE MORE today?
    • We should always serve Jesus with our BEST – not our MINUMUM!
    • When we only DO THE MINIMUM for God we should feel ashamed.
    • When we bring that attitude to the Cross – To Jesus – to His Church….. we become much surprised
      • We find that we have responsibilities to serve
      • We learn that we have the EXPECTATION to serve
      • We find out that God has a plan for our lives that includes service
      • WE SHOULD FIND that our LOVE FOR GOD leads us to EXCEED EXPECTATIONS in serving Him!
        • How would God rate your love for Him/others?
  • This is where our REAL ATTITUDE kicks in
    • This is where we find out HOW DEEP OUR LOVE FOR GOD REALLY IS!
    • This is when our FAITH kicks in
    • This is when our HUMILITY kicks in
    • This is when our LOVE FOR GOD AND OTHERS kicks in
      • Do we really LOVE God
      • Do we LOVE OUR IDEA of God
        • What HE CAN DO FOR US
          • How can God SERVE ME?

A man was invited to a wedding of a young lady he really didn’t know, although he had great respect and admiration for her father who was his friend. When considering the gift to give to the young bride, he considered that his gift was not so much about the bride, but about honoring the father of the bride. He concluded that you cannot honor the father by throwing pennies at the bride.

  • What is our life to be AFTER we are SAVED?
    • We are not SAVED to SIT
    • We are SAVED to SERVE
    • We are SAVED to SUBMIT
    • We are SAVED TO GIVE
    • We are SAVED to GO
    • We are SAVED to LOVE – Completely & Unconditionally
  • Do your Best
  • Do your most
  • Not out of DUTY
  • Not out of LEGALISM
  • Do all you can do OUT OF YOUR LOVE!
    • EXCEED the requirements of the LAW and the WORD
    • EXCEED the expectations of your religion and your pastor
    • EXCEED the expectations of even GOD
      • God sure did EXCEED our expectations

Last week we looked very closely at how GREAT God’s Love

is for you.  The question this week is how GREAT is your love for God?

9-25-16            Luke 12:57 – 59          “STOP!  You ain’t the Judge”

Luke 12:57-59 “And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?   As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison.  I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny.”     ESV

1 Corinthians 6:1-8 “When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints?  Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life!  So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church?  I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?  To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?  But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers!” ESV

We have become a litigious society.

We take anyone to court for anything.

  • Coffee to hot?
  • Neighbors windmill irritates you? Sue them.
  • A monkey stole someone’s camera, took a selfie with the camera and the owners of the camera posted the picture online. PETA sued them saying the “selfie” was the monkeys property.
  • Footballs not inflated enough, head to court.
  • Election not going your way…off to court we go.

If we don’t get our way on court we take them to the court of public opinion and poison the world even more.

Somewhere along the way we forgot how to talk to each other and work out our differences.

So much so that sometimes we have to go to court to have the COURT order us to talk to each other – to have mediation.

This is sad.

Wrong and sad.

The reality is that when we drag people to court, especially our brothers and sister, we are saying much more about our character than we are theirs.

When we light that “Facebook Bonfire” we are opening ourselves up to public humiliation and problems.

It all seems so easy while sitting in a private office or alone at your kitchen table in front of a keyboard; but not so easy while being cross examined, having your own failures and garbage thrown back into your face by a defense attorney OR someone who wants to be one on a SOCIAL MEDIA site.

We forget that there are things in our lives or the lives of our family that we are ashamed of and would NEVER want dragged into the public square.

Even if what is said about you is “SPUN,” or HYPERBOLE or TWISTED or an OUTRIGHT LIE, it doesn’t matter – the damage to you is done and a GREAT PRICE will be paid.

We should be MUCH better than this!.

Especially those of us of God’s Church

I love God’s House.  There is just something special about the Church of the Living God.

Sometime I wonder about how the Church works, how we are funded, what we should be doing or how serious we are taking God’s Church.

I think we need to understand the Church.

Gods house

A place for His love

A place for healing

A place for reconstruction

A place for recovery

A place where fences are mended

A house of forgiveness

A place of grace

A place of mercy

A place of peace

A place where we rise from the ashes reborn and better than ever.  Not as a Phoenix, but as Christians

A place of acceptance

A place of listening

A place of encouragement

A house of prayer

A house of learning

A house of truth

A place of strengthening

A place of service

A place of giving

A place of helping

A house of faith

A house of hope

A house of love

Our Daddy’s house.

 

I often wonder how we can so easily take God’s church for granted.

Maybe if I looked at who we really are.

You see I have used the wrong words several times…[place or house}

The church is not the building:         The church is us

Sometimes I think we forget who we are in the big picture.

WE ARE THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD and He has said that not even THE GATES OF HELL can stand against us!

We are VICTORS!

We get so CONSUMED with what OUR rights are or what OUR opinions are that we forget the reality of who we are in the big picture.

So when someone does something objectionable we DRAG THEM TO COURT; even other Christians.

We forget that we are the FORGIVEN FALLEN!

We forget that we are just as GUILTY.

We forget about our HUGE OBVIOUS FAILINGS as we point out the TINY BITS of error in others.

We forget that we do not have to haul a fellow CHRISTIAN before a Court at Law for us to fail.

What right do we have to bring disrespect to our God and shame upon Gods church by bringing lawsuits against our other sin filled brothers and sisters

When we talk bad about our church we are talking bad about a person or people and that reflects on God.

Shame

We are Gods broken, messed up and failing children that disappoint Him on a regular basis.

Stop dragging people through the mud

Stop being Mr or Mrs. “SUPERIOR” or “Betty Better than You”

  • REPENT
  • SUBMIT
  • Humble yourself before God
  • Love God and Love others
  • Serve God and Serve others
  • RE-learn how to COMMUNICATE and deal with problems face to face.
  • Be THE CHURCH of the LIVING GOD He designed you to be!
  • Walk in HIS Victory

The CHURCH – THE PEOPLE OF GOD – are to be a people of grace and mercy – FILLED with Faith, Hope and Love – and the greatest of these is love.

The church is more of a HOSPITAL than a COUNTRY CLUB

The church is more of a MISSION SENDING CENTER than a SELF SERVICE CHECK OUT

The church is a place to GIVE and SERVE

The church is to be ENCOURAGING not tearing down.

YOU ARE THE CHURCH

August 21, 2016     Super Summer Sunday      Teachers and students

This has been a good summer!

I have dipped my little toes in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, The Frio River and the Cement Pond!

But, alas, Summer time is drawing to an end.

ICS began school last week, RGCCISD this week and STC next week.

It is a time to reFOCUS

Luke 9:10-12 “On their return the apostles told him all that they had done. And he took them and withdrew apart to a town called Bethsaida. When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing.”  ESV

Bethsaisda – Desert place and fishing village.  HE took them to the beach fishing.

But there soon came a time to end their fishing trip at the beach and REFOCUS on their work.  The work of ministry.

Today, we find ourselves at that time.

As we refocus I have some good words for Teachers, students and maybe even parents.

TEACHERS

Teachers bear a great responsibility

James 3:1-2 “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways, and if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.”   ESV

Teachers face a great many enemies

Parents who believe little Johnny is always right and truthful

Curriculum

TIME

Kids who would rather play and disrupt than learn

An overall general lack of respect from parents, students, ALL

Deuteronomy 20:1-5 “When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. And when you draw near to the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people and shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.”    ESV

Philippians 4:10-13 “I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity.  Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”   ESV

Teachers NEED the LORD!

STUDENTS

1 Thessalonians 5:12-24 “We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,  and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work.            

 Be at peace among yourselves.  – No bullying, division, gossip, DRAMA!

 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.

 Get to work and encourage others to work hard with you.

Help everyone succeed and excel

Encourage

Help

Be patient

STUDENTS NEED THE LORD!

PARENTS

Hebrews 13:7-9 “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.”   ESV

They held YOU accountable as students.

They were tough and you learned.

Let your kids teachers do the same for them

THEY ARE NOT BEING TOO TOUGH ON LITTLE JOHNNY!

He needs homework

He needs you to work with him.

He needs a good spanking from time to time

EVERYONE

Mark 12:28-32 “And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”  Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.   And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” ESV

IF our politicians loved their opponents

IF our students loved their teachers

IF the teachers loved their students

If all the parents loved their school

IF the community loved their neighbors

IF all of us truly oved GOD and EACH OTHER

WE could end this summer with a REFOCUS on the truly important work of the kingdom of God and watch our community flourish.

Will you be a part of God’s Work of MINISTRY as we REFOCUS after our SUPER SUMMER SUNDAY?

Luke 7:1 – 10              The text is about Jesus healing the servant

“What’s So Amazing About Grace?”

Much like the 4 men and the paralytic, the centurion was a conduit for the servants healing

  1. The servant- in need of healing grace
    1. Sick and Dying
    2. Valuable/Important
    3. Cared for by his superior
    4. Not much more known
  2. The Centurion
    1. Roman – GENTILE
    2. High ranking – had money/influence/power
      1. Had soldiers serving under him
    3. Not Caesar – Top Rank – BUT POLITICAL
      1. Served under authority
    4. Well to do/resourceful
      1. Built the Jews a Synagogue
    5. Had a good relationship for the Jewish Nation
      1. “he loves our nation”
    6. Cared for his servants
      1. Compassionate
    7. Heard about Jesus and knew his need for Jesus
      1. Sent Jewish elders for Him
        1. An act of humility and/or desperation
        2. Had to be tough since the Jews of the day liked NEITHER ROMANS or JESUS!
      2. We do not how long he had known about Jesus
        1. But sounds recent
        2. ALL To help his servant
  1. He showed a strong faith at first, evidence by the sending for Jesus and the proclamation of Christ; but…..
    1. But it was a NEW wavering/weak faith
      1. Why did he send his friends to tell Jesus not to come into his home?
      2. He spoke of his position as a centurion
        1. Perhaps he feared loss of rank or privilege?
          1. Do we do this today at work?
        2. Perhaps he feared losing the friendship with the Jews?
          1. Do we allow this fear to keep us from allowing Jesus full access?
        3. “”Lord, Don’t trouble Yourself,….”
          1. Are we afraid of “troubling God” with our issues?
  • “I am not worthy to have you come under my roof”
    1. Are we afraid that our sins/lifestyle/issues/problems are too great
    2. Do we FEAR the REJECTION of Jesus?
    3. The TRUTH is that none of us are WORTHY!
    4. WE are made worthy by GRACE alone through FAITH alone in CHRIST alone
  1. Did not think he was worthy to go to Jesus on his own
    1. “I did not presume to come to you”
      1. How many times do we reject Jesus because we think we are not worthy
      2. How many times do we seek the prayers of others while not praying ourselves because we think we are not worthy
      3. How many times do we think Jesus is TOO GREAT or To BIG for us to approach?
    2. JESUS LOVES YOU AND GAVE HIS LIFE FOR YOU
      1. He wants you to trust Him and go to Him
      2. You need NO INTERCESSOR other than JESUS
    3. Maybe WE ARE NOT TO DIFFERENT from this Centurion
      1. “But say the Word, and let my Servant be healed”
        1. Just do it Jesus
        2. Don’t come here
      2. The centurion should be glad I’m not Jesus
        1. I wasted all this time traveling to you and now you say, “don’t bother, just do it!”
        2. That’s not how this works, that’s not how any of this works”
        3. I may have still healed the servant but the centurion just got leprosy!
      3. Jesus
        1. Saw his faith
          1. Even though it was very small
            1. Maybe even a MICROSCOPIC faith
          2. Even when he was weak and afraid
        2. Of Course Jesus could heal the servant from anywhere
        3. But Jesus wants a CLOSE personal relationship
          1. Jesus was willing to GO to the centurion
          2. Jesus was willing to GO to the dying servant
        4. GRACE = Jesus blessing us with what we DO NOT deserve
          1. Christ shows us His grace here
          2. A little faith went a long way
        5. I am reminded that faith the size of a MUSTARD SEED can move mountains
        6. The Centurions Faith reached out to the Grace of God who healed his beloved servant
          1. The servant was healed by GRACE ALONE through FAITH alone in CHRIST alone.
        7. If this Roman Centurion was able to muster the faith to call on Jesus with little instruction or knowledge HOW MUCH GREATER should our faith be!
          1. We have the entire Bible
            1. God’s True and Correct Word
          2. We have the Church, Sunday School, VBS, Revivals, internet, and long winded preachers
  • We have 2,000+ years of church teaching
  1. We have the “Great Cloud of Witnesses” to guide us
  1. So, what’s so AMAZING about Grace?
    1. I think it is because it has so very LITTLE to do with us
    2. I think it is because it has SO MUCH to do with God
      1. We are WEAK
      2. He is STRONG
  • We have FAILED
  1. He brings VICTORY
  2. We are ashamed and try to separate ourselves from His RIGHTOUSNESS
  3. He will NEVER LEAVE His Children
  1. The centurions wavering faith was little, but enough.
    1. He may have had a MICROSCOPIC FAITH
      1. But Jesus has SPECIAL EYES!
      2. God knows and sees!
      3. God does not need Grandiose GESTURES
      4. God requires FAITH
      5. FAITH PLEASES GOD
        1. even if it is small
      6. Yet we, like this centurion, have a weak and undeveloped faith.
        1. A faith that God can use, YES
        2. But a faith that could move mountains if developed just a little
  • A faith God could use to CHANGE THE WORLD if further developed
  1. Isn’t it good to hear that God’s grace is greater than our weak or wavering faith?
  1. What is so AMAZING about GRACE? GOD!
    1. GRACE that brought Jesus to us AND the CROSS
    2. GRACE that speaks to us HERE AND NOW
    3. Have you heard about Jesus? Call for HIM!