The Gospels tell of Jesus’ miracle ministry using two Greek words dunamis and simaios. In the synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke, the Greek word dunamis is used which means power – God’s power to transform life.
The Gospel of John primarily uses the word simaios, which means sign – a miracle that points to God’s activity in the world. Where is God still at work? How are we called to be courageous participants?
As we open our eyes and fill our prayers with expectation, we’ll find miracles everywhere.
Week 1: Miracles Everywhere: Shift
Scripture: Psalm 77:14 (NIV)
Throughout scripture and in our own lives, God is always at work. A miracle doesn’t have to be a huge moment; we can shift our perspective to see that miracles are happening all around us. This week we’ll strive to open our minds and hearts, shifting our perspective to see the small miracles which are everywhere.
Week 2: Miracles Everywhere: Unbelievable
Scripture: John 11:38-45
God has the power to show up in BIG ways. In scripture we read about blind eyes given sight, faith moving mountains and even raising the dead. Miracles evoke wonder by demonstrating God’s power and pointing to God’s work in the world. In every age, God has been at work in the world healing and transforming lives.
Week 3: Miracles Everywhere: Courage
Scripture: Esther 8:1-8
Through Esther’s courage, she became the miracle and saved her people. Our faith that God is present and continues to move gives us courage; and when we are courageous God will do great things through us. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the congregation, the body of Christ, is the primary actor to release the power of God to transform lives and the community (1 Corinthians 12:27). We’re an actor in God’s play.
Week 4: Miracles Everywhere: Tangible
Scripture: Mark 8:22-25
God is creating signs and wonders in GNJ and there is even more God wants to do. God wants to continue working through the United Methodists of Greater New Jersey so that miracles of healing and transformation occur across GNJ and around the world.