Summary: This message deals with the centurion's fearless faith, and our Lord's response to it.

The Fruit Of Fearless Faith


A. It Was Characterized By Serious Concern.

B. It Was Characterized By Selfless Compassion.



A. He Responded With Respect For Christ’s Person.

B. He Responded With Reliance On Christ’s Power.


A. He Commends The Centurion’s Faith.

B. He Cures The Centurion’s Servant Friend.

Text: Heb. 11:6; Matt. 8:9, 10

Intro: Just as it is impossible to please God without faith, it is likewise impossible to pray and receive from God without faith. The Christian who prays with a wavering faith, need not expect to receive positive answers. James makes this most clear when he says, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord” (James 1:6, 7).

In the account under consideration today, we are given a sterling example of the fruit of fearless faith. This Roman centurion dared to lay hold of the fruit of faith by trusting the person and power of Christ. This man seemed to view the answer to his request as a foregone conclusion. But it is that very idea that is found in Hebrews 11:1, which says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

As we will see in this passage, fearless faith brings results. If we would be pleasing to God, and enjoy all He has for us, we too must exercise fearless faith.

Theme: Fearless faith is seen in:


A. It Was Characterized By Serious Concern.

Matt. 8:5 “And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,”

NOTE: [1] One clue to the centurion’s serious concern for this servant is found in Luke 7:2, where we are told that this servant was dear to his master.

[2] Another clue to the serious concern of this centurion for his servant is found in the word “beseeching,” in verse five. The Greek word used here literally means, “to call to one’s aid.”1 The mood of this word is stronger than merely asking for someone’s help. The idea is more of a plea.

[3] This centurion’s concern for his servant was unusual; after all, servants were considered property. Concern goes a long way in most everyone’s book.

Friendly Employees

Mamie Adams always went to a branch post office in her town because the postal employees there were friendly. She went there to buy stamps just before Christmas one year and the lines were particularly long. Someone pointed out that there was no need to wait on line because there was a stamp machine in the lobby.

“I know,” said Mamie, “but the machine won’t ask me about my arthritis.”2

B. It Was Characterized By Selfless Compassion.

Matt. 8:6 “And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.”

NOTE: [1] This centurion was a compassionate man. He was not merely concerned for his own inconvenience, but for the discomfort of his servant and friend. The words “grievously tormented” mean, “terribly tortured.”3

[2] In Luke 7:2, we are told that this servant was at the point of death.


Matt. 8:7 “And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.”

NOTE: [1] The gospels are replete with incident after incident of the Savior’s readiness to answer cries for help.

[1a] The healing of the leper in Matt. 8:1-3.

[1b] The healing of Peter’s mother-in-law in Matt. 8:14, 15.

[1c] The raising of Jairus’ daughter in Matt. 9:18, 19, 23-26.

[1d] The healing of the palsied man in Mark 2:1-12.

[1e] The healing of a father’s lunatic son in Luke 9:37-42.

[1f] The healing of a man blind from birth in John 9:1-7.

[2] The Lord is still ever ready to respond to our faith.

Jer. 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

I Pet. 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

Matt. 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

[3] Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all God’s children were as available to Him, as He is to us?

The Pianist

An elderly widow, restricted in her activities, was eager to serve Christ. After praying about this, she realized that she could bring blessing to others by playing the piano. The next day she placed this small ad in the Oakland Tribune: “Pianist will play hymns by phone daily for those who are sick and despondent—the service is free.” The notice included the number to dial.

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