City Church of Chattanooga
Sermon Series: Do You Need A Miracle?
Message Four: YOU NEED A MIRACLE WHEN YOU
HAVE A LITTLE AND YOUR NEED A LOT
Pastor Mike Chapman
Mark 6:34-44, When the disciples thought this had gone
on long enough—it was now quite late in the day—they
interrupted: “We are a long way out in the country, and
it’s very late. Pronounce the benediction and send these
folks off so they can get some supper.” Jesus said, “You
do it. Fix supper for them.” They replied, “Are you
serious? You want us to go spend a fortune on food for
their supper?” But he was quite serious. “How many
loaves of bread do you have? Take inventory.” That
didn’t take long. “Five…plus two fish.” Jesus got them all
to sit down in groups…He took the five loaves and two
fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke
and gave the bread to the disciples, and the disciples in
turn gave it to the people. He did the same with the fish.
They all had their fill. The disciples gathered twelve
baskets of leftovers. More than five thousand were at
supper. (The Message)
IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM
Every miracle begins with a problem.
If you don’t have a problem, you don’t need a miracle.
In order to experience God’s supply, you’ve got to have a
Philippians 4:19, But my God shall supply all of your
needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PROBLEM
God wants you to get concerned about the situation
before he does anything about it.
By this time it was late in the day, so the disciples came
to Him…But he answered, “You given them something to
John 6:6, Jesus already had in mind what he was going
Jesus doesn’t act until we admit: “I’ve got a problem.”
The disciples displayed three common reactions to a problem.
By this time it was late in the day…
2. Passing the buck
Send the people away…
You want us to spend a fortune…
DO WHAT YOU CAN
God waits on us to do what we can with what we have
before he acts.
Notice the attitude of the little boy who gave his lunch.
1. He gave what he had.
2. He gave all he had.
In the face of our problem, why don’t we do this?
We worry that we might end up going hungry.
We think “What’s the use?”
EXPECT A MIRACLE
God specializes in the impossible.
Jeremiah 32:17, …Nothing is too hard for you.
Luke 18:27, What is impossible with man is possible
God always responds to our faith.
Matthew 9:29, According to your faith, it will happen.
Not only was the multitude fed, there were 12 baskets
Who got the baskets? The Little Boy!
Jesus could have done this miracle without the disciples and
without the little boy, but he didn’t. Why? Because God
likes to do miracles through people!
Series: Do You Need a Miracle? - City Church of Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
Denomination: Church of God
Author(s): Dr. Mike Chapman
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