From The Gospel Project: God’s Story, Part 2.
In this session, we will see how through signs and wonders Jesus demonstrated the truth of His proclamation that God’s kingdom was coming through his ministry. Jesus’ miracles put on display the compassion of God for human beings held captive by the effects of the curse that resulted from our sin. Because of Christ’s power to save and restore, we are no longer enslaved to sin, and we are freed by the King to live for His kingdom.
1) Jesus’ miracles signified His compassion for people. (Mark 1:29-34)
- Does your life reflect the compassion of Jesus? In what ways has the compassion of Christ been made known to you through Jesus’ followers?
- Why is worship and service the natural response to salvation? How do our actions demonstrate the arrival of the kingdom in our world?
2) Jesus’ miracles signified His power and authority. (John 6:1-14)
- If Jesus already knew He was going to perform a miracle, why did He ask the disciples about buying bread? What do the disciples’ answers reveal about their faith? How do tests like this expose the tendencies of our own hearts?
- What is the difference between being a consumer and being a worshipper? How can recognizing this difference shape your relationship with Jesus?
3) Jesus’ miracles signified His identity as the promised Messiah. (Luke 7:18-23)
- Has there been a time in your life when God shattered your expectations? How should we deal with disillusionment when God’s plan does not work out according to our own?
- Questioning God’s truthfulness, God’s fairness, or God’s grace – Which of these three temptations do you encounter most often? What are some promises of Jesus that can strengthen our faith to resist these thoughts?
- What does it look like to be an ambassador for the kingdom of God? How can Christ’s powerful demonstration of the kingdom give us confidence in proclaiming the Gospel?