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"I Will" Series: Raising the Dead by Sergio Arguello

posted Oct 9, 2014, 10:39 AM by Media Ministry   [ updated Oct 9, 2014, 12:24 PM ]

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1.  You Are A Miracle of God—Tell Everyone

·      Think of where you were when you were invited out to church or to study the Bible

·      Look at where you are now

·      It is only by God’s power that you are here.

·      You are a miracle!

·      I’m a miracle

·      God is in the business of working miracles

·      He loves working miracles still today

·      He still wants to do miracles in your life, even now

Mark 5:1-20

1They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.[a] When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”

Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.

14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.

18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis[b] how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

 

·      After being messed up you’re now in your right mind (for the most part).—You-re a miracle

·      You have scars and sensitive areas (where actions of others trigger emotional responses inward or outward)—the demon possessed man had many scars

·      Those scars came from others that hurt him and from self inflicted wounds--he cut himself with stones and people tried to subdue him with chains

·      Sometimes wounds even come from those trying to help us

·      Jesus was what this man needed to be healed

·      He told everyone he could about the miracle that had been worked in his life

·      People will be amazed when they hear the story of what Jesus has done in your life.

2.  Miracles Move Others To Faith

·     We live in a very skeptical society

·     We gotta see it to believe it

·     When we see someone become a disciple who was an “impossible conversion” it helps our faith, but impacts their friends and family deeply—it’s shocking.

·     They may run them and you out of town like those in the town where the demon possessed man lived, but the miracle will impact those seeking God in a deep way.

·     Don’t underestimate the power of the miracles that we see happen on a regular basis.

·     Don’t miss the opportunities they present to change families and communities

Acts 9:32-43

32 As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s people who lived in Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years. 34 “Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.” Immediately Aeneas got up. 35 All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.

36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”

39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.

40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. 43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.


·      Liliana—Jose getting baptized tonight

·      Her baptism impacted him deeply

·      She is a PTA president, her change from dead to spiritually alive will impact those around her—we need to see the need to help those around her come to God in response to her miracle

·      Jose works with hundreds of people and he is a supervisor at his work.

·      The miracle brought upon by God will no doubt cause others to pay attention. 

·      These miracles move others to faith

·      These miracles are huge opportunities for us to build God’s Kingdom and help make the eternal impact in this world that God intends for us to have


We were once dead and became a miracle of God.

As we help others who are being transformed let’s see the great opportunity to reach those who are impacted by their change.

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Media Ministry,
Oct 9, 2014, 10:40 AM