Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Faith is Relinquishing Authority to Jesus (Luke 7)

If you could choose any living person to be the emperor of the world, who would you choose (you can't pick God/Jesus)? Why would you choose that person? What kind of person would you not want to have that authority? Why?

Read Luke 7:1-10.

What is the most admirable trait of the Centurion? What is the most admirable trait of the elders?

Why do you think the Centurion had the elders go to Jesus on his behalf? What are some reasons he may have thought Jesus wouldn't listen to him? Do you think Jesus would have gone if the Centurion had asked instead of the elders? Why or why not?

Why do you think the Centurion said, "I do not deserve to have you come under my roof."? What things has Jesus done for you that you didn't deserve?

What are some things that people sometimes think they deserve from God? Are they right or wrong? Why?

Have you ever felt God didn't give you something you deserved?  How did you deal with that?

Read verse eight, have several people explain what it means in their own words?

The Centurion's authority was over soldiers, and they had to do what he told them. Over what did he think Jesus had authority? Was he right?

Is there anything over which Jesus doesn't have authority? How does your answer to that question impact the way you live your life?

Are there any areas of your life from which you need to release control to Jesus? How might you go about doing that? What is one step you could take in the right direction?

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