Miracles Pt.1 – The Miracle of Heaven
Very excited about this series – Inspire your faith – Believe God for miracles – We believe that God still does miracles today
Jesus did some incredible things during His life on earth
Turned water to wine – blind man sees – raised the dead – healed the sick
We believe that God is still in the miracle business – We are a Church that believes in it
Of all the miracles the resurrection of Jesus is the greatest – We don’t serve a God who is dead but alive
(Romans 8:11 NLT) The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. (Same power lives in you & works in you – wherever there is death or a place you need a miracle) And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
- We can not only celebrate the resurrection, we can also experience it.
You are candidate for God to do something powerful in your life
Jesus at this point in ministry needed others to help, crowds were so big
Not just 12 but commissioned 72
(Luke 10:17-20) The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Resurrection can happen in your marriages, families, finances, jobs, dreams But that is not the greatest
The greatest resurrection isn’t the resurrection of things
It’s the resurrection that we leave this pain on earth & eternally with God
Jesus died & rose again – One out of one person is going to die
Be more positive – I’m positive and I am positive that will happen
The hope we have & why earth doesn’t sting as much – We know there is more to life than this
Examples: Jesus said don’t be afraid of the one who can kill your body
All of us are – We’re careful, lock our doors, wear seatbelts, get insurance, eat right, exercise, – Trying to make this body last
God is saying do all that but don’t be afraid of the one who can kill your body – Be afraid of the one who can destroy body & soul
If you would put some of the energy you put into your temporal body
Into your eternal existence you would be doing a lot better
Real way to look at life is you are a blip on the screen compared to eternity
Life is a mist it’s here then gone (David said teach me to # my days) – Those miracles are great but God is wanting us to focus on eternity
Second example: Disciples of Jesus struggling – about Jesus leaving
(John 14:1-2 NIV) “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. (They brought an earth problem & Jesus talks about Heaven) My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
Don’t be discouraged you’re getting out of here
- Jesus offers more than a better now. He offers a better place.
When you have that hope it changes everything about how you live on earth
1 CORINTHIANS 2:9 NIV However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”
Pope Francis said, Hope helps believers to be open to the surprises God has in store for us.
(John 11:25-26 NIV) “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
•Death does not conquer you, Death does not defeat you
Scripture says where oh death is your victory & where oh death is your sting
•It never stings those who have the hope of Heaven – Even though you die you will live – We’ve passed from Death unto life.
•I am reminding you – a lot of us are feeling the sting of earth – Seems like things are getting worse
•In the middle of what we are facing – God can intervene. There is a resurrection available to us through Christ
Story: The generations before us had this hope / reminding my church I grew up in Jewett Oh. I remember the songs being about Heaven
Favorite songs: When we all get to Heaven, “I’ll Fly Away….” What a Day that will be, Oh I want to see him, In the Sweet by and by, Soon and Very Soon….
•That hope is what held them on – Jesus is saying this Easter, I died & rose again so you can have that experience
1 Peter 1:3-4 (Mes) “What a God we have! … Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven, and the future starts now!”
It’s the ultimate resurrection – We want miracles on earth but the greatest miracle is Heaven
(1st Thessalonians 4:13-18 NIV) Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, (We don’t feel the sting of death because Jesus conquered death) and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him…Therefore encourage each other with these words.
Revelation 21:1-4 NIV – Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
•Live your life for others – People need hope – Hope changes everything
Everyone is going through something – that’s earth/life – We can join in prayer on earth & see the miraculous happen
If it doesn’t work out here on earth & you have the hope of eternal life
You have the ultimate resurrection & nothing can ever defeat you
My message for you church…Summarized in this statement
- Believe on Jesus…
Earth is as close to hell as you’ll ever get.
It only gets better.
The opposite is true – If you haven’t believed on Jesus yet…
Earth is as close to Heaven as you’ll ever get – It only gets worse
Colossians 3:2 NIV–“Set you mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”
•C.S. Lewis said, “ If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world”
•He also said – “Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
I would say to you – This is an opportunity to change your heart – It’s getting hope. How?
(1st John 5:13 ASV) These things have I written unto you, that you may know that you have eternal life, believe on the name of the Son of God.
God wants way more than just believing in Him but believe on Him
What’s the difference?
Story: Charles Blondin French Tightrope walker walked 1,100 feet suspended on a tiny rope 160 feet above the raging waters of Niagra Falls several times back and forth between Canada and the United States as huge crowds on both sides looked on with shock and awe. Once he crossed in a sack, once on stilts, another time on a bicycle, one blind folded, and once he even carried a stove and cooked an omelet! Then he pushed a wheelbarrow.It was then that Blondin posed the question – “Who will get in the wheelbarrow?’ Of course…none did. The crowd had watched his daring feats. They said they believed, but their actions proved they truly didn’t.
It’s one thing for us to say we believe in God. It’s true faith though when we believe God and put our faith and trust in His Son, Jesus Christ.
Faith in God is the same way – Just can’t believe he did it
God is looking for us to take another step
Not Belief in is not enough but Belief on
That’s faith / it’s taking a risk
(2 Peter 3:13-14 NIV) “But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.
Brennan Manning said, “For me the most radical demand of Christian faith lies in summoning the courage to say yes to the present risenness of Jesus Christ.”
•The good news is not that Jesus Christ lived and died, but that he lived, died, and he lives.
Ask that for the next 3 minutes (music begins playing) No one move or distract others – Very important moment
Take the “Connection Card” out – I want everyone to take this spiritual survey with me
On the card – I’ll want you to mark an A, B, C, or D – Spiritual Survey
Let me explain these and then I’d like you to check one – You are one of these four
If you’d say, “Rob, I am certain that I am a Christian. I have made Jesus the Lord of my life and I’m in a personal relationship. Jesus has already brought me out.” You check A – I’m already in a relationship with Jesus.
If you’d say, “Rob, I need God to rescue me. I need a real relationship with God.” You check B – I’m believing today – I need a fresh start Check B – I’m beginning a real relationship with God today.
If you’d say, “Rob, it sounds good but I’d like to consider it a little bit more first. I’d like to check it out.” I’d appreciate you checking C – I’d like to consider what God wants to do in my life.
If you’d say, “Rob, I don’t ever intend to give my life to God.
I don’t think I need God in my life. In fact I intend to live my life my way.” Check “D”.
Why? Have the guts to be honest & come to terms where you are at
I want to ask you to respect those around you – Please stay seated, quiet and fill out this card – We’ll take a minute – Bow your head when your done
I want to pray with you right now
First, I’m going to pray for you then you can follow me in a prayer
“Father, there are people here today who, in one way or another, are dying. And only You can give them life again. I thank you today that You bring us out from the bondage of slavery – that you save us. So today, I pray that You will move in their life in a powerful way so they can know you personally and experience real life.”
Choosing Heaven means choosing to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Such a relationship brings a foretaste of Heaven in this life, and an eternity of happiness. You can make your decision today!
(Romans 10:9-10 NIV) “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
If you checked “B” say this prayer with me …
Salvation Call – Jesus, forgive me for all of my sins, I give my life to you, make me brand new. I believe you died for me so that I can live. Fill me with your spirit that I would know you, & serve you with my life. My life is not my own, I give it to you. Thank you for loving me, in Jesus name, Amen!
If you made a decision to follow Christ this is your next step…Fill out Connection card – We want to send you some information this week in your email – If you need prayer our team will be here at the end of service – Party in the Front and Prayer in the Back