Chapter # 7 Paragraph # 1 Study # 3
July 6, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<450> Thesis: The faith for which Jesus seeks is an attitude which puts no stock in "proximity necessities". Introduction: In the text before us this morning we are told that Jesus was startled by the expression of a "kind" of faith which He had not found in Israel. That this text is before us this morning, rather than some other text, indicates that Jesus actively seeks the "kind" of faith that is exemplified in this text. That there are different "kinds" of faith is abundantly illustrated by the records of the Bible. And that God will respond to all of them is powerfully declared by Jesus Himself in Luke 17:6. So, if God will do as much for the one whose faith is as a grain of mustard seed as He will for the one whose faith is as the centurion's, what difference does it make to Jesus whether people use the centurion as a pattern to be emulated, or not? Luke's record of the centurion's startling faith is in his record for a reason and that reason seems to be that Jesus wanted His disciples to emulate it. Why? To answer, we are going to look into the uniqueness of the centurion's faith to see if we can find a reason for its inclusion in our text.