Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to affirm to others that God sometime moves in such an unlikely but fantastic way, we can only say WOW.
U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris, Jr.
West Fort Hood Chapel
Mother’s Day 2010
16 May 2010
Big Idea: God sometime moves in such an unlikely but fantastic way, we can only say WOW.
Scriptural References: EAI (Expository; Application; Illustration); Psalm 97 ESV; Revelation 22:12-14; 16-17; 20-21 (NIV) "See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone's work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. "It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star." The Spirit and the bride say, "Come." And let everyone who hears say, "Come." And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift. The one who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen; John 17:20-26; Acts 16:16-34; 1 Kings 18:13-16 (We have too many Obadiahs and not enough Elijahs); 1 Kings 18:23-39 ESV – Elijah on Mount Carmel; James 5:17 (ESV) Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years; Mount Carmel – A Costal Mountain Range in Northern Israel;
I. ANNOUNCE THE PERICOPE: Acts 16:25-34 (ESV)
II. READ THE PERICOPE: Acts 16:25-34 (ESV)
III. READ THE TEXT: Acts 16:27-29 ESV (When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas).
IV. PURPOSE: To motivate the hearers to affirm to others that God sometime moves in such an unlikely but fantastic way, we can only say WOW.
V. SERMONIC THEME: "Has God Ever Done Something
that Made You Say WOW?”
“Has God Ever Done Something that Made You Say Wow?”
Have you ever had a WOW experience or witnessed a miracle?
Perhaps, you’re not quite sure what qualifies as a miracle.
I peaked into Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary and discovered three definitions for MIRACLE.
First, Merriam-Webster says, a miracle is an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.
An extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.
Second, a miracle is an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment.
Third, Merriam-Webster says, a miracle… is a divinely natural phenomenon experienced humanly as the fulfillment of spiritual law.
Again, a divinely natural phenomenon experienced humanly as the fulfillment of spiritual law.
In other words, a Miracle is a WOW experience! It’s something that God does that makes you say – WOW!