Real Church Part 5 “The Miracle of the Message”

Real Church – Part 5

The Miracle of the Message

The ______________ has changed but the _________________ to follow Jesus has stayed the same.

Am I ____________ or _____________ about following Jesus?

Why don’t we see _______________ today like we read in the  Bible?

The _______________ of miracles in the Bible ________________ as time goes on.

Big Idea:  The church’s extraordinary _____________ validated the church’s extraordinary ________________.

Jesus warned about the ________________ of miracles falsely associated with His return.

Matthew 24:23-25

23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.

A strong desire for miracles may play right into a well laid ___________.

Why did Jesus do miracles?

Alleviate ________________

Validate message of __________________.

Mark 2:4-12

Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

The ________________ Jesus _______________ validated the ________________ Jesus _______________.

When Peter ____________ a ______________, Peter _______________ a _______________.

Acts 3:11-19

Peter Speaks to the Onlookers

11 While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

17 “Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

Peter barely mentions the man who was ______________; but he focuses on the Man who was _________________.

The people were ready to receive the ___________  _____________ after seeing the ___________  ______________.

Today, we no longer need the miracles to _____________ the message.  The power of Jesus has _____________ the world.

The people and power of Jesus have ___________ and ______________ most of the modern hospitals, universities and charities of the world.

Have you _______________ the miraculous message of the gospel of Jesus?

Have you _______________ the miraculous message of the gospel of Jesus?