This week Pastor Josh continues the Encounter series with a look at Jesus' encounter with Matthew.
9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. 10 And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" 12 …He (Jesus) said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:9-13
This week Pastor Josh continues the Encounter series with an encounter with John the Baptist. John’s most deeply felt question was not, are you the one? His deepest question for Jesus was will you come and save me?
Pastor Josh Kesler continues the Encounter series. This week we hear teaching from Matthew 8:
5 When he (Jesus) had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6 “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” 7 And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. Matthew 8:5-10 ESV
We learn 3 things from the Centurion's faith:
1. God is not impressed by position.
2. It is not by our good works or kindness that we are saved.
3. Our faith in Christ can bring healing to others.
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