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Miracles, Mercy, & Salvation

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Date: November 10, 2013

Series: Acts of the Church

Scripture: Acts 3:1–3:10

Tags: Acts, church, gospel, mission, sermons, worship gathering, Mercy

The resurrected Jesus is the first glimpse of the new restored world that God promised to bring about.

Opportunities to display and declare the gospel are granted to us in conjunction with prayer.

  • Are the rhythms of your life providing opportunities for you to participate in God’s work?

The provision of God’s people projects God’s character to the beneficiaries, and to the surrounding world.

The provision of God’s people projects God’s character to the beneficiaries, and to the surrounding world.

  • Does my generosity reflect the generosity of God?

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.” (Luke 4:18:19)

Jesus healed:

  • the sick (Luke 4:18, 40-41; 5:31-32; 7:22)
  • evil spirits (4:31-37; 8:26-39; 9:42; 11:14-20; 13:32)
  • fever (4:38-39)
  • leprosy (5:12-16; 7:22; 17:11-19)
  • paralysis (5:17-26)
  • a withered hand (6:6-11)
  • epilepsy (9:37-43a)
  • dropsy (14:1-6)
  • blindness (4:18; 7:22; 18:35-43)
  • a constant flow of blood (8:43-48)
  • deafness (7:22)
  • resuscitation from the dead (7:11-17, 22; 8:40-42, 49-56)

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” (John 5:24)

“The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’” (Luke 10:8-9)

What Jesus offered in his person and message is pictured in the miracles he and his followers performed.

In Jesus’ ministry, God is present, exercising power through the one he has sent.

  • In Acts, Jesus’ power is expressed through his appointed messengers, which shows that he has been raised and is active.

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’” (Rev 21:1-5)

What do miraculous healings say about God?

  • God is a Merciful Healer.

What does this mean for us?

  • We should meditate on God’s mercy.

What does this mean for us?

  • We should meditate on God’s mercy.
  • We will be filled with words of salvation.
  • We will be filled with works of salvation.
  • No matter our circumstances we will always rejoice in our salvation.