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MatTHEW 8:5-13

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 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.”

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.

bitesize study

  1. In his great need, the Gentile Centurion turns to Jesus the great God. What does this passage show us about the power of Jesus’ words? And the nature of Jesus himself?  
  2. How wide is the reach of Jesus’ ministry? How can the glories of heaven and the horrors of hell spur us on to share words of life with those who need to hear?  
  3. The Centurion and his servant would have had no hope without Jesus’ words. How can we grow in our confidence of pointing our struggling Christian friends and our struggling non-Christian friends to the words of Jesus for the hope they need? 

This week’s podcast is Ep 2: Caring with an ‘open Bible’

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Santhosh Thomas

Santhosh is one of our pastors, with special responsibility for overseeing our small groups and various teaching and discipleship programmes. Born and raised in London, he has previously worked in churches in Oxford and Central London. He’s married to Jess and along with their two young children they enjoy sport, swings and meeting new people!

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