Sunday School

October 20 – Faith Can Heal

Alternate Title #1 – Humble Faith

Alternate Title #2 –Great Faith in Jesus
Bible Lesson: Luke 7:1-10 (KJV)


Key verse: Luke 7:7 (KJV) - "Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed."

What shall we learn from this lesson:
In this lesson, we will discuss the actions of a Roman officer which earned a rare statement of praise from Jesus for the officer's great display of faith. Usually in the Bible when Jesus spoke of someone's faith it was mainly due to the person's lack of faith (Matthew 8:26 KJV, Mark 6:6 NIV).


The question may come to mind: "What type of faith in Jesus did the Roman centurion have? Was his faith-based only on the abilities to heal and restore life Jesus had shown in the past? Was his faith also based on the belief in the holiness of Jesus? Was his faith the right kind of faith or was it spiritually empty?


We don't have to worry about answering that concern, because Jesus has already given us the answer in Luke 7:9. He said, "... I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel." We don't have to deduce what kind of faith the centurion's had because the Lord—who has ultimate discernment—has already pronounced his faith as great. He knows our inner feelings, thoughts, and beliefs. If He says it is so, then it is so.


The lesson for today continues our month-long study of faith. We should note that many, if not most, of our Sunday school lessons, involve faith in the Lord, regardless of the title and subject. The keyword in any discussion of faith in the Lord is TRUST because without it there cannot be holy faith.


The Bible defines faith in Hebrews 11:1 NIV - "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."


Based on this biblical definition, there is a big difference between holy faith and secular faith. Secular faith can, in its basic form, be called intellectual assurance or confidence in the ability of a person, object, or entity to perform a specific task based on what we have seen and know beyond doubt.


Intellectually, we know what a chair is and what it is supposed to do. Throughout our life we have seen many chairs. It does not take a leap of faith to sit in one which looks sturdy and well-capable of holding our weight. In fact, at this very moment, most of us are sitting in such a chair. However, suppose we are blind and can't see the chair and don't know how sturdy it is? Then we must trust and rely on the one who can see the chair and lead us to it. Trust in God is to rely on Him and His word to guide our life. This is the key to holy faith.


If we say the description of intellectual assurance and confidence sounds a lot like what we have in the Lord based on what we have read in the Scripture, that would be correct. The more we read about the power of the Lord and what He has done and said in the past, the more intellectual assurance and confidence we naturally should have in His ability to control all circumstances. But even the demons know of and believe in the power of God. Then, what makes the faith of a believer so special?


Our faith is special because it goes beyond intellectual assurance and prompts us to accept the Lord's way regardless of what we would personally like to do. As an example, we should not take revenge on someone even though everything in our nature tells us to. We pray for someone rather than seeking payback because the word of God tells us to.


Real faith means we are willing to trust God regardless of our circumstances. When things don't go our way and it seems our prayers are not being answered, will our faith in the Lord endure? Will we keep trusting in Him when His answer to our prayer is no? When our prayers did not prevent the diagnosis of cancer, will we keep trusting God? When our child dies even after our numerous prayers, will our faith endure? Real faith is one which will endure through all circumstances because we trust the Lord to know best for us and believe He directs our path.


Holy faith is a living entity and requires our daily attention. This is because every day we will have new opportunities and challenges to show our faith in the Lord.


The centurion's faith went beyond what Jesus had historically had done and relied on the true nature of Christ. This is because no ordinary person, doctor, or healer can grant healing by simply commanding it to be so. But the Lord can because He is God and everything is under His control.


GriefShare Grief Support Group Saturday, Oct 19 @ 10:00 AM
Touch of Soul Men's Fellowship Sunday, Oct 20 @ 1:00 PM
Living the Live as a Worshipper Wednesday, Oct 23 @ 12:00 PM
Living the Live as a Worshipper Wednesday, Oct 23 @ 7:15 PM

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