A SIMPLE DEFINITION OF FAITH
                                                           Matthew 8:5-13 (708)
         A.  From the time we believe God’s plan of salvation and obey His plan, we live
                by faith.  Hebrews 11:6 (889)
         B.  The basis for our message about faith is a conversation that Jesus had with a
                Roman Army centurion in Matthew 8:5-13 (708)
     I.  Matthew wrote that a centurion approached Jesus and asked for His help. V5

         A.  A centurion was:  Roman Army Officer who had charge of 100 soldiers.

         B.  The centurion expressed concern for his servant who was paralyzed. V6

               1.  He respected the authority of Jesus.
               2.  Jesus responded, “I will come and heal him.” V7
               3.  The centurion replied that he just needed Jesus’ word and that he understood
                    authority. Vv8-9

    II.  Jesus was impressed and said to His followers. “I have not found such great faith,
          not even in Israel.” Pharisees and Sadducees: Matthew 16:1-4; disciples: Matthew
          A.  Why did Jesus compliment the centurion? (Vv8,13) He believed what Jesus
   III.  A simple definition of faith.

          A.  Faith is taking Jesus/God at His word.
                The centurion’s concern and request (Vv5-6)-------Jesus’ response (V7)--The
                centurion said (v8)------Result (V13)

          B.  Faith is received by hearing the word of God/Jesus. Romans 10:17 (836)

          C.  Faith involves obedience. James 2:14,24,26 (892)

   IV.  Do we have faith that we are saved?
          1 John 5: 13 (902)
          Mark 16:15-16 (748)
          Romans 8:1-2 (834)
          1 John 1:7 (899)

  Conclusion:  Our faith is not in ourselves. Our faith is in GOD and His goodness through what
                        JESUS has done for us.  2 Corinthians 5:20-21 (854)