Turning the Tables on Religion: The authority of Jesus' word (Luke 7:1-17) // Week 7
Updated: Oct 12
Published for Week 7, Semester 2 2020.
Scripture: Luke 7:1-17
Speaker: Moussa Ghazal
Series: Turning the Tables on Religion: The authority of Jesus' word
1. In contemporary Christianity it has become popular to say things like "Christianity isn't a religion; it's a relationship". What do you think Christians mean by this statement? Is it a fair representation of what Jesus teaches about himself?
2. What is your attitude toward authority? What would it look like if large numbers of people came under the authority of Jesus's word?
3. In what ways is your attitude similar to that of the centurion when he says, "I am not worthy to have you come under my roof... but say the word, and let my servant be healed"?
7 When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 6 So Jesus went with them.
He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 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.”
9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
11 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”
14 Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16 They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” 17 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.
Thank God for giving us a time of rest during midsem break
Pray for open eyes, soft hearts, and an ability to see the goodness of Jesus as Moussa brings us the word
Pray for our our hearts to be challenged as we are reminded that Christianity is about our faith in the One that saves us, and not what we can do for God
The EU continues to encourage faculties to be thinking and praying for people around the world who are Less Reached and Less Resourced (LRLR).
Ask your faculty members if there are any missionaries or people groups that they have been praying for, and encourage them to share and lead the faculty in prayer at this time.
Alternatively, you can pray for the Bederia people in Sudan. They are a nomadic, cattle-herding people and their main religion is Islam. Their status is unreached with 0% Evangelical Christians. They speak Arabic and Sudanese which do have a New Testament translation, but the Bederia people have a low literacy rate and it is hard for outsiders to enter their community. You can also pray for Christians to be able to join their community and share the love of the gospel by providing for their needs and building trust and friendship.
More information is available on the Joshua Project website!
Check out EU's new podcast, "That's a Great Question!" - now available on Spotify, and coming soon to Apple and other services. This is a podcast produced by the Public Meetings team where we take questions submitted by EUers and ask our senior staff to answer them. There are a couple of great episodes out already so check it out! For more info or to submit your own questions, head over to euonline.org.au/podcast.
Talk to your faculty about the value of committing to small groups even when assignments and study is getting intense. Here is a suggestion: get people to chat for 3 minutes in breakout rooms about why they attend small groups and why it's important to keep meeting with other Christians.