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It's Time - Christ Our Refuge

CHRIST OUR REFUGE Luke 7:1-10, Matthew 15:21-28

What is a true, living and saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?  Observe  these two stories where Jesus says the two people have ‘great faith’. 


  • Ephesians 2:8- by grace you are saved through faith
  • Hebrews 12:5 – without faith it is impossible to please God

The purpose of this talk  -  to help us  see if we are in the faith and if not, then take steps to finding true faith in Jesus

  • Some may discern that up until now what they have regarded as true is in fact not true faith at all
  • Others with a very timid or even somewhat hidden faith may have that faith affirmed, nurtured and fanned into flame


  • Respect/ sympathy for Christ’s cause – we are either for him or against him
  • Knowing about him - we must act on the knowledge
  • Imitation of his example - this is faith in yourself and renders his coming into the world unnecessary for it believes we can save ourselves
  • Attending church – do not merely attend the surgery but visit the doctor
  • Believing he is the Son of God - we must know him and worship him
  • Jesus the Adviser – we must submit altogether to his authority and teaching
  • An orthodox confession of faith - false if not accompanied by obedience to the will of the Father – Matthew 7:21-23
  • Inherited faith - baptism is a call to discipleship that must be lived out
  • Sincerity in belief - it is not sincerity of belief but the object of our faith that matters – we can be sincerely mistaken
  • Belief in yourself - faith in faith as an approach to life is not faith in Christ


Matthew 15:21-28 – Jesus apparent reluctance to respond was to test the genuineness of her faith and see if she belonged to the Israel of God

  • I am making an approach to you - she called out – moved towards Jesus
  • I believe you can do this – did she know of Elijah and the widow?
  • I am willing to pay any price – she ignored the disciples rebuke
  • I am desperate – you are my only hope
  • I do not deserve it - I do not have the promises of the covenant people
  • I will not give up – she persisted, persevered
  • I have reason to believe you will hear me – you are compassionate
  • I cast myself entirely upon your mercy – look upon my need

Her faith brought her to  Jesus with unstoppable force and received its reward

Luke 7:1-10 – the healing of the centurion’s servant – many similar features

  • I do not deserve it – I need grace. I am not relying on my record.
  • You do not have to do it – you can grant or withhold grace
  • I need you to do it – no-one else can heal
  • I know you can do it – you have authority in the realm of sickness, just as I have in the army
  • I ask you to do it – so let us also ask Jesus to save us.
  • Jesus Christ has not changed This is still what he calls great faith.
  • He invites us to come and ask, seek and knock and receive.
  • He did not turn away those who came seeking his blessing
  • He encourages us to come

FAITH – ITS  COMMON OBSTACLES -   So what holds us back?

  • I am not worthy - a steppingstone, not a stumblingblock. Matthew 5:3
  • I couldn’t keep it up – he will keep you -– Philippians 1:5. .
  • It’s too late – if it wasn’t too late for the thief on the cross, it is not for you.
  • I will just wait until he lays hold of me and grants me such a faith – come!
  • I will come when I have improved my life a bit - come just as you are

FAITH – ITS UNIVERSAL RESULTS - . Galatians 5:6 - The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Love is the expression and the fruit of a living, genuine faith in the Lord. It establishes a life-changing relationship.

  • Love for God – enjoyment of God and obedience to His will – Matthew 7:21
  • Love for the family of God – by this we know that we have passed from death unto life that we love the brothers and sisters. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 1st John 3:14


We gather together to express our praise of God, to encourage our partners in the faith

and to exercise our priesthood in prayer

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