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January 20, 2018
Breakfast 8AM
Small Groups 9AM

Worship 10AM
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                Jesus’ Ministry to Gentiles

Matthew 4:12-25; 8:5-13; 15:21-28

  Central Truth:

      We are to love and minister to all people, as Jesus did.

Golden Text :

“Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour” (Matt. 8:13).

INTRODUCTION

miraclemay be described as “a work wrought by a divine power for a divine purpose.” This was true of the miracles Jesus performed. While they served to benefit people, they also had a higher element in them—bringing glory to God. This lesson deals with two of the most significant miracles performed by the Master: the healings of a centurion’s servant and a Syro-Phoenician woman’s daughter.

The importance of these miracles stems from their being performed in behalf of two Gentile people at a time when most Jews believed Gentiles were outside the sphere of divine blessing. In ministering to Gentiles in this way, Jesus was opening the door for the Gospel to be preached to all humanity. It was also a teaching moment for His disciples, although they were slow to get the message. For example, it took a divine visitation for the apostle Peter to finally understand the Gospel was intended for Jew and Gentile.

Cornelius of Caesarea was given a vision and instructed to send for Simon Peter that he might come to his house and share the message about Jesus (Acts 10:1-6). Meanwhile, Peter was on the housetop in Joppa praying when he fell into a trance. He saw the sky open, and a large sheet filled with all kinds of animals descended, and he was told to kill and eat them. Peter objected, saying he had never eaten anything impure and unclean. Then a voice told him not to call anything unclean if God had made it clean (vv. 9-16).

As Peter puzzled over the meaning of this experience, three men from the house of Cornelius arrived at the gate of the house in Joppa where he was staying. Peter went with the men to Caesarea, declaring he now understood that God shows no favoritism among men. He told them the story of Jesus and, while he spoke, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who received the Word and believed (vv. 17-45). 

Come with Anticipation, Expectation, and Motivation

To receive what God has for you !

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