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January 11, 2022 8:00 am
Special ways in which God works.
That's today's topic Dr. Don Wilton on this edition of The Encouraging Word straight to John chapter 6 of Dr. Wilton but he wants to know we're here to pray with you 24 hours a day in 866-899-WORD number down 866-899-9673. We love like a copy of your Bibles and turn with me to John's gospel in chapter 6. John's Gospel chapter 6.
If for some reason you don't have a copy of your own Bible this morning.
You may wish to make use of the pew Bibles that are in front of you and turn with us in following this great great passage of Scripture that we going to be starting this morning from God's word. John's Gospel chapter 6. Let me talk to you for just a moment about our subject it so wonderful subject. I have been looking forward to preaching on this subject because I believe it speaks so eloquently and so clearly through a very very special group of people here at First Baptist Church. Subject is some special ways in which God moves and God works. Let me just run that by again some special way in which God moves and works before we read this passage. I'm sure that it would come as no surprise to you if I was to tell you that there are many people during the week who come to me and who come to the rest of the Stauffenberg, who no doubt come to you and to talk to you. In essence, about the need for God to do something in their lives.
We find this as we go to the hospital. I know that there are many wonderful people today who are in hospital who are worshiping with us. Even this cost week I had some people say to me, pasta when you pray that God would do something special in my life. You know sometimes I wish that we could perhaps just dispense with with a message that I'm about to preach, and if we could spend the rest of this inviting anyone who would so choose to stand and to just share with us some of the special ways in which God has worked in your life. I'll guarantee you they would be an absolute see of individuals in our congregation. I know so many of those testimonies already myself. God is in wonderful ways.
In fact, one of my favorite verses of Scripture goes like this with God all things are possible.
There is nothing that is out of the reach of God. There is nothing that is too great for God to handle. There is no problem that God cannot soul. There is no mountain that God cannot climb over.
There is no disease that God cannot cure.
There is no marriage that God cannot he. There is no lost soul that God cannot say he is the God of the impossible Will) John chapter 6 we going to read one of the most well known and perhaps often rated of all of the miracles of our Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, you may not know this but did you know that the feeding of the 5000 is the only miracle in God's word, that is written and recorded in full of the gospel in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John you going to find this wonderful account of this incredible miracle of God. Let's read it together and I want you to know that I might stop once or twice. As I read through this passage because there is so much it is an incredible account of some of the special ways in which God works some time off to this, that is a good place for me to stop because we going to discover something here that's that's incredibly fabulous. In chapter 5 Jesus had had a most difficult time with some of the religious leaders he had healed the man at the pool of Bethesda and had received an incredibly angry reaction from so-called religious people.
Jesus spent the rest of chapter 5 talking about the reason why he did what he did, and yet we going to discover that). The beginning of chapter 6 that despite the opposition that Jesus encountered we going to notice number one that he continued to work and to love people with no strings attached and number two we going to discover that they were literally thousands of people who came to hear Jesus Christ preach, even though the religious zealots of the day had discounted everything he did. The masses of people came because they knew Jesus Christ had the onset that every need and every situation in the world some time off to this Jesus cross to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee. That is the sea of Tiberius, the great crowd of people followed him because they sold the miraculous signs he had performed on the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and he sat down with his disciples the Jewish Passover feast was near later running John. I'm going to be getting into more details about the significance of the Jewish parts of the feast that when Jesus looked up and he saw great crowd coming toward him.
He said to Philip, where shall we buy bread for these people to eat, my friends, when Jesus onslaughts that Christian of Philip Jesus was not placing a perfection upon his own inability to understand what was needed for that particular circumstance. Jesus lost that question of Philip in order to test his play, and in fact, the next verse tells us in verse six the auspice unneeded testing for.
He already had in mind what he was going to do one at this. Someone had a day don't raise your hands or anything I wanted this someone today who is facing a very serious, perplexing and difficult circumstance or situation limit read that verse to you again. Jesus fosters only the testing for.
He already had in mind what he was going to do that tremendous isn't it incredible to know that before you even have surgery that God already knows what God is going to do that.
He's in complete control. Look what the Bible says Philip on sedan eight months wages would not buy enough bread for each one together have even a bite.
Another of his disciples and Simon Peter's brother spoke up. Here is a boy, Lord, with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go bold it's ridiculous for me to even tell you this because I know this could never feed this incredible crowd. Jesus said, have the people sit down. Isn't that an incredible statement. Have the people sit down.
There was plenty of drawstring that place and the men sat down on the number of whom was about 5000. I couldn't help thinking about church when I read that Jesus took the loaves, and gave thanks, and he distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
Verse 12 when they had all had enough to eat. He said to his disciples go and gather the pieces that are lift and let nothing be wasted. So they gathered them and filled 12 baskets with the pieces at the five body loads left over by those who beaten off to the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.
Surely God is still upon his throne. Surely this is the one. This is the Messiah. Surely this is the God of the impossible. Surely he is the girlfriend Omega, the beginning and the insured. They said in the off the bath of this incredible morning of the grace of God upon these people. Surely this is the prophet who is coming to the world. Jesus, knowing that they intended to, and making King by force withdrew again into the mountain by himself by the Lord varieties word upon our hearts today some special ways in which God works among his people. There's a great deal that I could say about the miracles at this juncture. There are three major purposes of God performing miracles number one to demonstrate his power. Number two to demonstrate his mercy and number three to demonstrate his grace. That's another message at some other time. But you see, God was doing all three as Jesus Christ did something here that was absolutely impossible. But my beloved friends this morning. I want us to have a look at something here that I believe Jesus Christ would have us to understand in our own wonderful fellowship of encouragement Gerrit first Baptist of Spartanburg, South Carolina. I want to share with you my friends six special ways in which God moves and works as we find it recorded in this incredible miracle account of Jesus number one, number one, there are special times when God does special thing I want to run that by again.
Listen carefully if we understand what happened here on this mountainside. We've got to come to the conclusion and right throughout Scripture. You can go back to Genesis chapter 1. You can follow the wondering Israelites you can look at the Tower of Babel. You can look at all the profits you can get into Matthew and Mark and go to Paul's journey. You can get into the apostles doctrine and you going to discover my friend that there are special times when God does special things verse one and verse five tells us that some time off to this Jesus cross to the far shore in verse five the Bible says there was no doubt big part in verse four, it was the time of the Jewish Passover.
All I could stand Jedediah and talk to you ad infinitum about the number of special times that God has done special things in my life. Probably the most special time of war was my own personal salvation.
When I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ in the earliest service this morning. We had four people who came forward on the public profession of faith. There are others who are going to come today and who again to say God in the special time. I want you to know that's just another example of a special time when God does special thing every time we come into God's house. I believe that God is ready to do something special because this is a special time we could talk about crusades and revivals we could talk about sick babies we could talk about home circumstances and work situations, but I'm convinced my friends that there are some special times in life that God not anyone student, but he does and he cares enough to do some very special things for people is at your time this morning is at your time this morning. The Bible says my friend that God will not be mocked.
One of the greatest tragedies in life today is that God moves by the power of the spirit in a special time of there are many people who stand there and who sits on the mountainside and they see what God does and be full. They have finally decided to say yes to Jesus Christ that special time is costing by number two I want to suggest to you from God's word today that there are some very special places where God moves in some very special ways.
There is not any of special time that God when God does special things, but there are some special places where God moves in special ways did you notice here in this chapter, inverter chapter 6 and verse three. The Bible says, then Jesus went up on the mountainside. I tell you, when I left home this morning. It was such a beautiful day. I wanted to say Lord the rest of today is canceled due to lack of interest. Let's just have church on the mountainside would not of been great. I'm 10 just just imagine a beautiful day like today.
Get out there and smell the wood in the fresh air beyond the mountainside. Listen folks, the Bible says that God has special places where he moves things initial way you're listening to Dr. Don Wilton our teacher on The Encouraging Word to be back in just a moment, but he wants me to remind you we here for you, providing resources and connecting 24 hours a day, both on the phone at 866-899-9673, and online at tewonline.org. She still not too late to grab on those wonderful beautiful leather bound, haven't life in the resurrection daily devotionals for Dr. Wilton sons Greg Wilton's fresh new book all the details that TW online.org. Now back to today's great teaching with Dr. Don. All I could tell you about so many of them about the mountainsides of my life and about your life about the retreats.
I wish that every member of the church could be in our Tuesday straw for me. 830 we have calendar meeting. 9 o'clock. About church every person who serves this church in whatever capacity comes together and we seek God's place and we read prayer request that coming from all over the countryside in response to the multifaceted ministries of this church and we lead in prayer and we seek God's place. I want you to know they been so many times that I have seen the unbelievable unprecedented outpouring of God in a special place called the straw. I think about own church. You know I so much look forward to coming to church.
This is not of the living God. I think of all those who have gone before us.
I listen to the choir sing this morning and just open up your hearts as you say, praise to the name of the King of Kings and the Lord of lords. Surely the presence of the Lord is in this way, there's something special about being in the place of God. But I want you to note in the third place that there are some special crowds who gather expecting something special from the Lord we talking my friends about some of the special ways in which God moves as we draw on nourishment from the feeding of the 5000, and I want you to note in the third place that there are some special crowds who gather expecting something special from the Lord will that's what the Bible tells us in verse two and verse five, and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the miraculous signs he had performed upon the sick.
In verse five when Jesus looked up and he saw a great crowd coming toward him. He was moved with compassion on his heart.
The crowd that gathered before him move Jesus to the very depths of his very nature, and when he was moved to the very depth of these very nature, there was kicked into gear. The very son of God the most.
The only one. The exalted one, and he began verse on with that compassion and commitment that can only come from the Lord Jesus Christ.
All I'm going to say to my friends that when God works in special ways.
There'll always special crowds who come together and we expect something special from Almighty God, can I say this to you this morning as your pasta every time I coming to this beautiful sanctioning my friends. I believe that God is going to do something special. You know why because it's not the payment on this preacher. It is not dependent on you.
It is dependent upon the presence and the power of the spirit of the living God.
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place and every time we come in as I look out across this Boston congregation and as we think of all our precious friends are watching our way of television all across the place in different places all over the United States.
Today I believe frames that the Bible teaches us that when special crowds gather expecting something special from Almighty God that does something in the image. All I thank God for our church rarely in my ministry have I ever encountered a group of people who gather together as a crowd expecting something special from Almighty God. What a tremendous thing to be able to sale God make it possible that in Spartanburg South Carolina that every single Sunday morning that our people can wake up and say I'm actually looking forward to going to church is not great and is not something that special crowds when they gather in the presence of God can expect something special from the Lord Jesus Christ.
God is moving here this morning.
I have no doubt about that. He moved in on 830 service we had people who responded. Having given their hearts to Jesus Christ coming into the fellowship of God's house we that people respond in our Sunday schools and singles department and in our youth industries and in our missions programs God is on the march pennies on the move and all.
We've got a new Islam skin for permission to come aboard, and God will grant that why because my beloved friends. You are a special crowd indeed.
But I want you to note in the fourth place that there are special people. There are special people who give in very special ways.
If we try and determine from this passage of Scripture that God is the God of the impossible and that there are some special ways in which God will move. We must come to the conclusion that God points special people who do special things in special ways that God uses to his glory. Just think about how they are sitting out in the middle of the mountainside and have absolutely nothing to eat. That's like being in a football stadium with nothing to eat. Can you imagine I'm tell even the football game would become irrelevant, but you want to have a good challenge. You driving my car with my family and make an announcement where shall we go to eat today. It's almost like confusion. I mean it's this place in that place and we could go then how about that and when eventually you get the then one's going to have it up this way and down that way, no pickles with pickles, no cheese up and definitely no broccoli. Let's not have this onions, it's the question you want to try and order pizza in my family any of you can do that. I'd like to meet you order pizza in my family I tell you what, folks, you know why because we all like different peak, but you know something the Bible says that these people who gathered on the mountainside looking for something special from God. They didn't even have a McDonald's available. They didn't have a water fountain. They didn't have a glass of iced tea. They didn't have Diet Coke and root beer. They didn't have everything that open and shut. The Bible says they had nothing and hid in the midst of nothing. There was somebody special, something special in God could move in a special way. All I could talk about so many people in this congregation, Simon Peter's brother spoke up and said here's a boy, Lord, and all he's got is just five small barley loaves and two miserable little fish but I know Lord on the apostle that this is ridiculous and I'm sorry to have wasted your time because this this wouldn't even satisfy my pet gorilla wherever it is, this here is not even just a taste. Lord, I want to apologize to you and Jesus said, tell the people to sit down, tell the people to sit down. I wonder if we were to look into this congregation today and we would get all the busyness and put it in the bag. I wonder what size bag of busyness we would have.
I wonder what is going on in each of our minds as we seek to run here and there and everywhere this morning at the end of the service I forgot to pray for the missionaries going to Venezuela dry look surprised. We've got hundreds upon thousands of things occupying our minds and God is moving upon our congregation and the God says even when cast an 1850 significant nothingness is given in a special way by special person in the presence of the King of Kings and the Lord will if we want to see God move down such a powerful message from Dr. Don Wilton preaching from the Bible and now as he shares from his heart. I pray you would open your heart to what he wants to share next are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. Why don't you pray this prayer with me right now.
Dear God, I know that on the center and I know that Jesus died for me on the cross today, I repent of my sin and by faith I receive you into my heart. In Jesus name, my friend. I welcome you today into the family of God. This is exciting news.
If you given your life to Jesus Christ.
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