Don’t Miss the Miracles

Mark 6

June 9, 2013 AM – 19th Anniversary Sunday

Pastor Craig Ledbetter

Bible Baptist Church, Ballincollig, Cork, Ireland


I.       Introduction (Mark 6)


A.     Jesus, the Son of God, Does Some Amazing Things


1.      Taught amazing truths (Mark 6:1-4) – that is where Jesus mainly focused His efforts – on telling us the truth about God, about ourselves

2.      Personally Fed 5,000 people (Mark 6:32-44)

3.      Walked on stormy waters (Mark 6:45-50)

4.      Calmed the raging sea (Mark 6:51)

5.      He AMAZED everyone close to Him (Mark 6:51)


B.      Yet as amazed as they were, they were not impressed – it didn’t change their lives (Mark 6:52)


1.      Because of their hard hearts

2.      And so they end up missing the miracles


C.      We too Miss a lot of good things in life – we don’t allow that amazement to change us


1.      We take a lot of things for granted

2.      We forget that there is much more to life than all the things we can possess


D.     He Daily Loads Us Up With Priceless Benefits (Psalm 68:19,20) – I believe it!


1.      Don’t look for what everyone else is wanting. The buzz of the day – constantly changing, constantly crippling people

2.      God gives us more than just THINGS! Spiritual benefits (Eph 1:3)

3.      Eternal benefits – that cannot ever be lost, or spent up!


E.      God ONLY Does Wondrous Things (Psalm 72:18; 136:4)


1.      Wondrous – make you wonder, surprising, amazing, marvellous

2.      God cannot do anything less that amazing things


F.      Take time this morning to notice the miracles of God in your life! If any of them are there! If not, today could be the chance for you to start experiencing REAL, bona fide miracles!


II.    Message - The Miracles in a Christian’s Life


A.      Life Itself (Psalm 139:13-16) Amazing


1.      Don’t miss the wonder of life – of living things

2.      This universe would not have any life if it weren’t for a life-giving God

3.      Life does NOT spontaneously spawn from rocks!

4.      It is only a miracle! Never mind what the pro-abortion crowd is saying!


B.      God’s Attention (Psalm 139:17,18; 40:5)  Amazing


1.      He thinks about US! What an amazing thought – that the almighty Creator would actually want to think about ME!

2.      His eye is on the sparrow, AND His eye is on you and me.

3.      He watches over us, and considers our needs His priority

4.      Don’t forget that He cannot forget us (Isaiah 49:15,16)


a.       Isa 49:15  Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.

b.      Isa 49:16  Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.


C.      God’s Son, Jesus, IN us - Amazing


1.      He is wonderful, amazing, marvellous (Isaiah 9:6)

2.      And He is IN every believer, working on us, changing us, helping us

3.      Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

4.      Eph 3:17-19  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

5.      Came in by invitation.  Rev 3:20  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.


D.     God’s Chastening of His Children (Psalm 119:67,71) – Scary but Amazing!


1.      That is a wonderful miracle – that God KEEPS working on us!

2.      Humbling us

3.      Correcting us

4.      Getting us back on course

5.      It’s not God being angry with us! He is trying to get us away from the devil’s grip

6.      Next time you get in trouble for sin in your life, PRAISE GOD that He cares enough to keep perfecting you! Psalm 138:8  The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me


E.      God’s Words (Psalm 119:129, 161) – Absolutely Amazing


1.      Don’t forget the amazing MIRACLE of this Book

2.      It is not just a religious book like


a.       The writings of Confucius

b.      The Hindu writings of the Vedas, the Gita and the Puranas

c.       The false tales of the book of Mormon

d.      Or the Koran


3.      No. THIS Book is different


a.       Written by 40 different men

b.      Across three different continents

c.       Spanning 2,000 years

d.      In three different languages: Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek

e.       300 clear, unambiguous prophecies about a coming Messiah

f.        Almost 100 of which have already come true

g.       Scientifically accurate

h.      Historically accurate

i.         Indestructible


1)     Mat 5:18  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”

2)     Jesus said in Mat 24:35  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”


4.      And, It’s EVEN in our own language!


a.       Forbidden for so long – punishable by death for even owning a Bible

b.      People imprisoned for just reading it out loud in public – still happening

c.       That’s why in the Reformation, they opened up the churches and the Bible was placed on the pulpit, and people queued up to read it out load as others, who could not read, would gather to listen to the wonderful words of life


5.      You can hold the entire collection of 66 Books IN YOUR HAND!


a.       66 scrolls

b.      Normally would weigh about 150 pounds in weight

c.       And you can have it in your lap, on your phone

d.      And most importantly, IN YOUR HEARTS (Dt 6:4-9) and in your homes!


6.      This Book is a miracle – treasure it! Read it! Love it! Obey it! It will do you good every time!


F.      A Bible Preaching Church (Matthew 16:18) – Amazing!


1.      Don’t miss the miracle of a church like this – it is becoming rarer and rarer

2.      Without Bible believing people like this, who are committed, sacrificially, to the preaching and teaching of the words of this Book, this society, this nation would turn into hell! Psalm 9:17 “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”

3.      Nobody naturally WANTS a church like this


a.       People want Oprah Winfry, the Pub culture, entertainment, fun

b.      People would RATHER go to the beach, go shopping, stay in bed

c.       OBVIOUSLY, for people to make a church like this a priority in their lives will have to be a miracle

d.      Sunday morning, evening, Wednesday, soul-winning, teens on Saturday


4.      But ONLY a fundamental, Bible believing Baptist Church can hold things together today


a.       So that marriages don’t fall apart so easily

b.      So that people’s lives don’t go off into ruin by sin

c.       So that those whose lives HAVE been ruined by sin, can be restored


5.      This church is a MIRACLE!

6.      19 years ago, some old wooden doors were opened on the first Sunday of June in 1994, and people were invited to hear the words of this old Book preached and taught to them


a.       We had TWO people show up with me and my family that morning!

b.      And it has been a miracle ever since


7.      It hasn’t been perfect – but it sure has made a difference!

8.      Bible believing churches make the difference

9.      If it weren’t for a church called Hilltop Baptist Church in Cedar Park, Texas


a.       I would not have heard the Gospel in March of 1980 as a 17 year old teenager

b.      I wouldn’t have learned how to trust the Lord Jesus Christ for my own salvation from a devil’s hell

c.       I wouldn’t have been motivated to read the Bible through twice the first year I was saved

d.      I wouldn’t have learned just how lost and without hope this whole world is and in need of the Gospel


10.  I thank God, that Jesus didn’t leave evangelism up to the Jews, or to the schools

11.  Jesus started His Church – a group of born again believers, who faithfully (FAITHFULLY) and sacrificially strive to do the will of God together!

12.  And a Church like this is a miracle

13.  I hope you don’t just “attend” here but are committed members!

14.  Because THIS is a miracle place

15.  The devil hates this place


a.       Hates the people

b.      Hates what we preach

c.       Hates what we do for Jesus Christ

d.      But that is okay.


16.  I love it anyway! I come every meeting, enjoying the miracles sitting in every chair


G.      The New Birth (John 3:1-7)


1.      I have saved the best for last!

2.      It is a miracle that God can change someone – make them righteous before God! (Job 25:4-6) “How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?  Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.  How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?

3.      None of us were born right – we were born sinners – born definitely wrong

4.      It takes a miracle of God to reach into the heart and life of a humbled sinner, and convert them – transform them – save them!

5.      Jesus said it was a miracle! Born of the Holy Spirit!

6.      A whole new life! Completely started over! Forgiven, and forgotten because of Jesus!

7.      Don’t ever let yourself get over the day you were saved by God’s kindness and grace

8.      Sing like it was a miracle!

9.      Live like it is priceless!


III. Conclusion


A.      Jesus, the Son of God, Does Some Amazing Things

B.      Yet so many people are not impressed – it doesn’t change their lives


1.      So, they end up missing the miracles

2.      Because of their hard hearts


C.      We Miss a lot of things in life. We take a lot of things for granted

D.     We forget that there is much more to life than all the things we can possess

E.      Let me remind you, God ONLY Does Wondrous Things. He cannot do anything less that amazing things

F.      He Daily Loads Us Up With Priceless Benefits – Miracles that need remembering


1.      Life Itself

2.      God’s Attention on us – His care!

3.     God’s Son, Jesus, IN us

4.      God’s Chastening of His Children

5.      God’s Words

6.      A Bible Preaching Church

7.      The New Birth


G.     Do you have any of those blessings, miracles?


1.      You have to start with the last one – the new birth first!

2.      And then start noticing that God loads ALL of them on His children, DAILY!


H.    If you would like to get the New Birth…


1.     Admit that you need it!

2.     Ask for it!

3.     Accept it as the GIFT of God! Don’t even try to work for it! It is a gift from God to any sinner who will ask!

4.     Finally, Live in it! It is a whole new life! That lasts forever! It is not a prayer you pray, or a religious experience that you have and then move on.


a.       It is the resurrection from the dead

b.      It is the dumping of an old life, and the living of a completely new life, following our Saviour all the way to heaven!