Summary: Part 3 of our 6 part series on the early church. The early church was in awe of God and his amazing power. Why don’t we see miracles today (or do we?).
The Early Church: In Awe
BEING IN AWE - E.G.
AWESOME - WORD USED A LOT
MAY HAVE LOST SOME OF ITS IMPACT
NOT A HOME RUN IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 9TH, THATS NOT AWE
WERE TALKING STANDING IN YOUR YARD AND WATCHING A TORNADO PICK UP YOUR
HOUSE AND CARRY IT OUT OF SIGHT.
THUNDER AND LIGHTNING AND THE VOICE OF GOD THAT SHAKES AN ENTIRE MOUNTAIN
LIKE MT SINAI ENTIRE NATION OF ISRAEL WAS SHAKING IN THEIR SANDALS, AFRAID TO
MOVE, AFRAID TO SPEAK
Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.
SIGNS AND WONDERS
WE LIKE TO DWELL ON THE MIRACULOUS
WE LIKE THE IDEA OF GOD DOING MIRACLES
WOULD LIKE HIM TO DO ONE FOR US.
MT 12:38-39 PHARISEES ASK FOR SIGN, JESUS SAYS NO WAY
GOD IS NOT A SLOT MACHINE OR CIRCUS PERFORMER
MIRACLES ARE DONE FOR A PURPOSE NOT A PERFORMANCE
ITS THE SAME TODAY
WHY DON’T WE SEE
THE ONES IN THE BIBLE
17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name
they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they
will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly
poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick
people, and they will get well."
WATER INTO WINE, HEALED THE BLIND, LAME, WALKED ON WATER
RAISED THE DEAD, DROVE OUT DEMONS, CONQUERED DEATH ON
THE CROSS, ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN
MOSES - BURNING BUSH, PLAGUES IN EGYPT, PARTING RED
SEA, MANNA FROM HEAVEN, WALLS OF JERICHO FALLING (JOSHUA)
MIRACLES CEASED WHEN APOSTLES DIED
VERIFIED STATUS OF CHURCH STARTERS
BRAND NEW MESSAGE, APOSTLES WRITING NEW TESTAMENT
NO NEED AFTER CANNON
NOW WE HAVE AUTHENTICATED WORD OF GOD WRITTEN BY THESE MIRACLE DOERS
MIRACLES NO LONGER NEEDED
BUT - MIRACLES NOT ENOUGH ON THEIR OWN
2Thes 2:9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with
the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles,
signs and wonders,
Mt 24:24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform
great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect--if that were
1Cor 1: 22 Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and
foolishness to Gentiles,
GOD WILL GIVE FAITH TO THOSE WHO HEAR AND RESPOND TO THE GOSPEL
PEOPLE WILL NOT TRULY BELIEVE SIMPLY BECAUSE OF A MIRACLE
2b. NEVER HAPPENED
EXTREME THEOLOGICALLY LIBERAL VIEW
MIRACLES DO NOT FIT THEIR VIEW OF THE WORLD, SO THEY DISCARD THEM
DISCOUNT THE TRUTHFULLNESS OF THE BIBLE, WRITE THEM OFF AS MYTH, LEGEND
SAY MIRACLES ADDED BY AUTHORS, EMBELISH STORY, GIVE CREDIBILITY
MAKES JESUS JUST ANOTHER MAN,
REMOVE MIRACLES, REMOVE RESURRECTION
1Cor 15:17 And if Christ has not been raised, your
faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
I CAN SUM THIS THEORY UP IN ONE WORD - PHOOEY!
2c. GOD’S WAYS
WE HAVE A LIMITED PERSPECTIVE AND WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND GODS WAYS
WE CANNOT SEE THINGS AS GOD SEES THEM, THEREFORE WE OFTEN MISS WHAT HE
IS DOING WE SHOULD NOT BE SURPRISED THAT WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD