Pastor Jeff Struecker
December 23, 2018
I. Miracles show the glory of God
“And now, brothers and sisters, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your leaders also did. 18 In this way God fulfilled what he had predicted through all the prophets—that his Messiah would suffer. 19 Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, 20 that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send Jesus, who has been appointed for you as the Messiah. 21 Heaven must receive him until the time of the restoration of all things, which God spoke about through his holy prophets from the beginning. 22 Moses said: The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers and sisters. You must listen to everything he tells you. 23 And everyone who does not listen to that prophet will be completely cut off from the people.
II. Miracles speak the greatness of Jesus
“In addition, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those after him, have also foretold these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors, saying to Abraham, And all the families of the earth will be blessed through your offspring. 26 God raised up his servant and sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your evil ways.”
• I need the miracle of salvation. Today, I turned to Jesus in faith for the first time.
– I’ve been praying for a miracle and have started to lose hope lately that God would answer this prayer.
+ I need the Holy Spirit to do a miracle in _________ heart next year.
- Have you ever witnessed a genuine miracle? If so, explain the miracle.
- Do you believe there are some miracles that God can’t do or won’t do? Explain your answer.
- Read Matthew 12:39-42.
a. Is it wrong to ask God to do a miracle? Explain your answer.
b. What did Jesus mean by the “sign of Jonah”?
c. Does witnessing a miracle raise our level of accountability to God?
- Would witnessing a miracle convince your unbelieving friend to follow Jesus? If so, are you praying for God to perform a miracle?
- Is it possible for God to perform a miracle that doesn’t point back to him? Explain your answer.
- Pray by name for the Holy Spirit to work a miracle in someone’s life this week.