Practical Christianity Part 1
July 7, 2019

Practical Christianity Part 1

Passage: Mark 15:39
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This is the summary of the sermon that was shared Sunday, July 7, 2019. It was part 1 in a summer series titled “Practical Christianity Learned From Unsung Heroes”. This particular message was titled, ‘The Centurion At the Cross’. The key verse was Mark 15:39. Other important verses were Romans 15:4; Mark 15:33-39; Psalm 10:4; Colossians 3:12; and 1 Peter 5:1-7.

In brief: The Christian faith – although filled with amazing and life-transforming – is also a very practical faith. It is a faith that moves us towards sanctification and good works; and it also should move us away from a life (which is really no life) in the flesh.

We’re taking a summer break from Romans and looking at a variety of little known characters from both the Old and New Testament, who are examples to us of believers who trusted the Lord and exhibited aspects of a practical Christianity. Our sight should always be on Jesus and not the ‘unsung hero’, but these are real people who stood for righteousness and show us that by trusting Christ we can live a practical Christian life that can impact the world with the Gospel.

The first character is the Centurion who was in charge of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The scriptures say very little about him, other than that he stood in front of Christ upon the cross and utter eight words that truly indicate a transformed life. He said, “Surely this Man was the Son of God’.

What brought about this transformation? What humbled this rough and tough soldier to bring him to the point of acknowledging that he had assisted in the crucifixion of not only an innocent man, but the Son of God Himself?

As he stood before Jesus this centurion heard all seven of the last sayings of Christ upon the cross. In other words, he heard the outward call of the Gospel, and by God’s grace and His grace alone, the Lord opened his heart to hear the inward call of the Spirit.

This centurion is an example to all of us of the necessity of being humbled (acknowledging that we are not capable of saving ourselves, and most importantly, that we are in desperate need of a Savior). If any of us have come to a true saving relationship with Jesus Christ then we were humbled by the Holy Spirit because we can’t repent and submit to Christ unless until we are at the point (by God’s Spirit) where we see our complete helplessness.

So, it is our prayer that anyone hearing the Gospel will be humbled and repent of their sins and trust Christ and Christ alone as their Savior. But for those who are believers, it is of utmost importance that we continue to live lives of humility. We aren’t to just be humbled at our conversion and then carry on as arrogant and self-serving ‘Christians’. Humility is the outer coat that we are to wear (because of the inward change) that the world will see after spending a few minutes with us. And it’s through that spirit of humility that the Lord could very well soften the hearts of those around us.

Have you been humbled by God’s Spirit?

Are you growing in humility day by day?