At Gateway Church in Austin, we concluded our series called Voices.
His newest book and the topic of his message is The Case for Miracles.
Work through the following questions and Scriptures on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or friends and family to talk through what you are learning.
4 Key Questions:
1. What is a miracle?
God set up the natural world and most commonly works through the process He created.
“A miracle is an event brought about by the power of God that is a temporary exception to the ordinary course of nature for the purpose of showing that God has worked in history.” – Richard Purtill, professor of philosophy
2. Aren’t miracles impossible because they go against the laws of nature?
That’s a misunderstanding of what the laws of nature are!
For example, an apple hits the floor if I drop it. However, if someone catches it before it hits the ground, it does not hit the ground. The law of gravity was still in effect. That person intervened. That’s what God does.
Philosopher Dr. William Lane Craig shares the following:
Everything that begins to exist has a cause. Scientists believe the universe had a beginning; therefore the universe must have a cause. So then what kind of cause can bring a universe into existence?
God must be transcendent because He exists apart from creation, powerful because of the immensity of the creation event, intelligent due to the precision of the creation event, immaterial because He existed before the created world, timeless or eternal because He existed before time began, personal because He had to decide to create, creative, caring because He created a habitat in which to survive, and unique according to Occam’s razor. That sounds like the God of the Bible!
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1
“If God can create the universe, then why do we have trouble He can do a miracle.” – Dr. Timothy Keller
3. How often do miracles take place?
According to poll data, 2 out of 5 Americans say they experienced a miracle at least once. That’s 94 million miracles! Consider 99% are mistaken. That’s still 1 million miracles taking place just in the United States.
Perhaps we need to just open our eyes wider to see God at work among us.
4. How can we know for sure that a miracle is genuine?
Often there can be a natural explanation, but that cannot explain all miracles.
There are some events that cannot be explained outside of this being the work of God.
A miracle has occurred if we have solid documentation, multiple and credible eyewitnesses with no reason to deceive, no alternative explanation, and in the context of spiritual activity.
Miracles tend to take place in clusters in different parts of the world, especially in places where the Gospel is breaking in.
Indiana University sent researchers to Mozambique where many miracles were being reported. They were blown away finding improvement in sight and hearing for many people. This happened again in Brazil. Their research was published in a scientific journal.
Lee shares several remarkable stories of the miraculous including one you can hear happening!