Sermon: June 20, 2021

Who God Is

Part 2:
“The God of the Possible”

by Michael Lewis

June 20, 2021

1 Kings 17

Faith and Science can fit together since God asks for the one and invented the other.

There is an amazing genius to the order and predictability of creation here on earth and to the outer reaches of the Cosmos.

Science can only take us so far… another word for the metaphysical is: FAITH!

The matter of how matter got here will always be a matter of faith in God.

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”  -Genesis 18:14

1 Kings 17 and 18

a. 17:1 No more rain.
b. 17: 4-6 Raven will feed you.
c. 17: 8-16 Fed by the poor window.
d. 17: 17-24 Raising the window’s son from dead.
e. 18: 1-40 The contest between 450 prophets of Baal.
f. 18: 41-45 Elijah prays for rain.

“Lord! You made the heavens and the earth by your strong hand. Nothing is too hard for you!”  -Jeremiah 32:17

I believe in miracles, not just something that once happened, but as something still happening.

The God of “the possible” can still:

1. God sometimes does the impossible out of His compassion.

“…Your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.”  -Matthew 5:45

“A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’”  -Mark 1:40-41

Over a dozen times Jesus is moved to intervene with because of His compassion.

“The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”  -James 5:11

2. God sometimes does miracles to reveal himself.

“Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, but you do not believe…”  -John 10:25-26

“Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.”  -1 Corinthians 13:8-10

Christ reveals himself through the message of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-21).

God reveals himself through creation (Psalm 19:1-4).

Signs and wonders happened to reveal Jesus (Acts 2:19, 22; 4:30; 6:8; 15:12)

Hebrews 2:4: “God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.”

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”  -John 14:13-14

A woman with a bleeding disorder for 12 years, Mark 5:25-31

Blind Bartimaius, Mark 10:46-52

Four men carry a paralyzed man, Mark 2:1-12

“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”  -James 6:16

“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”  -James 6:16-18

3. God sometimes does the impossible to strengthen our faith.

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