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In this message, Lead Pastor, John Lindell continues our Power Today series by sharing about God’s power to raise the dead! Our prayer is this message would be an encouragement and build your faith to see God do the impossible in your life.
Scripture ReferenceActs 20
Raising the Dead
Acts 26:8 NIV
Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?
Acts 20:1-2 NIV
When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said good-by and set out for Macedonia. He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece,
Romans 15:18-19 NIV
I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done—by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.
Acts 20:2-6 NIV
He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece, where he stayed three months. Because the Jews made a plot against him just as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia.He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. These men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas.But we sailed from Philippi after the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and five days later joined the others at Troas, where we stayed seven days.
Acts 20:7-9 NIV
On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on.
Acts 20:9 NIV
When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead.
Acts 20:10 NIV
Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. "Don't be alarmed," he said. "He's alive!"
Acts 20:11-12 NIV
Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.
1. Elijah raised the young boy (1 Kings 17:17-24)
2. Elisha raised the boy (2 Kings 4:32-37)
3. Jesus raised the widow’s grown son (Luke 7:11-16)
4. Jesus raised Jairus’ daughter (Luke 8:49-56)
5. Jesus raised Lazarus (John 11:43-44)
6. God raised Jesus from the dead (Luke 24:6)
7. Peter raised Dorcas (Acts 9:36-42)
8. Paul is raised by believers (Acts 14:19-20)
9. Paul raised Eutychus (Acts 20:9-12)
10. Man thrown on the bones of Elisha (2 Kings 13:21)
When people hear about what God used to do, one of the things they say is, “Oh, that was a very long while ago.” I thought it was God that did it. Has God changed? Is he not an immutable God, the same yesterday, today and forever? Does not that furnish an argument to prove that what God has done at one time, he can do at another? Nay, I think I may push it a little further and say what he has done once is a prophecy of what he intends to do again.... Whatever God has done...is to be looked upon as a precedent.... [Let us] with earnestness seek that God would restore to us the faith of the men of old, that we may richly enjoy his grace as in the days of old.
~Charles Spurgeon, “The Story of God’s Mighty Acts,” The Spurgeon Archive
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
Matthew 10:30-31 NIV
And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Matthew 28:20 NIV
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And he answered, “While my wife is talking to the family I place my hand on the dead person’s foot or near the ankle. If the place where I am touching the dead person begins to become warm or I am praying for the person and bolt of energy goes through my body then I give my wife a sign and she will announce, ‘We are going to pray for this person to be raised from the dead.’ When we do this, we see people raised from the dead.”
‘She Was Dead Before the Prayer, and Alive After’ ER Doctor Reports ‘Clinically Dead’ Woman Revived in True ‘Miracle’
"I see no other explanation than a miracle for this phenomenon. I don't know that I'll ever understand the mechanism, but I know she was dead before the prayer, and alive after. I think it may have been a lesson in humility, and a warning not to limit God in your faith," the doctor wrote.
As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.