GO! (Matthew 8:5–13 NKJV)

Sermon notes by Dr. Greg Sloop from a sermon preached Sunday, January 1st in the 10:30 am service at Kannapolis Church of God.

Go Scriptures From the Old Testament

Genesis 6:18 (NKJV)
18 But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.

Exodus 4:18–19 (NKJV)
Moses Goes to Egypt
18 So Moses went and returned to Jethro his father-in-law, and said to him, “Please let me go and return to my brethren who are in Egypt, and see whether they are still alive.”
And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.”
19 Now the Lord said to Moses in Midian, “Go, return to Egypt; for all the men who sought your life are dead.”

Exodus 6:11 (NKJV)
11 “Go in, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the children of Israel go out of his land.”

Exodus 17:5 (NKJV)
5 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel. Also take in your hand your rod with which you struck the river, and go.

Exodus 19:10 (NKJV)
10 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes.

Exodus 33:1–3 (NKJV)
The Command to Leave Sinai
33 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Depart and go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give it.’ 2 And I will send My Angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanite and the Amorite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. 3 Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.”

Judges 6:14 (NKJV)
14 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?”

2 Samuel 24:18 (NKJV)
The Altar on the Threshing Floor
18 And Gad came that day to David and said to him, “Go up, erect an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.”

Proverbs 14:7 (NKJV)
7 Go from the presence of a foolish man,
When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.

Josiah – 2 Kings 22:13 (NKJV)
13 “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, for the people and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found; for great is the wrath of the Lord that is aroused against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.”

Matthew 8:5–13 (NKJV)
5 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, 6 saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
7 And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”

We live in a world full of hurting, desperate people in need of healing. We have acquaintances, friends, loved ones, and family members in need of healing. The answer to each and every situation we face is definitely Jesus. The centurion had the right idea when he sought out Jesus to ask Him for the healing of his servant.

8 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

The Power of an Order
The “Go” Order

10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! 11 And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Great Faith
The Test
The Punishment

13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.

Jesus said, “Go!”
The Sick Servant was Healed


Go signifies a change in place
Go is an imperative (command)
Go is missional lifestyle


Go deeper in your walk with God
Go with your relationships
Go further into the Harvest

Takeaway Thoughts

Jesus is the only valid source for the healing of a hurting world
Going in faith actualizes healing: spirit, soul, mind, and body.
The command to “Go” is imperative and provocative.

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