Pastor Barry Robinson

Letters to the Camberwell Congregation from Pastor Barry Robinson



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April 2011

Dear Church Family,

The word “miracle” is thrown around a lot these days.

If you want to be a gardener with green fingers you can buy some ‘Miracle-Gro’ for your plants.

If you are hard of hearing you can buy a hearing aid called a ‘miracle ear’.

To help a baby sleep in its cot you can buy a wrap called a ‘miracle blanket’.

There’s even a salad dressing and sandwich spread manufactured by Kraft called ‘miracle whip’.

Should a football team achieve a dramatic turn–around in a game they are said to have had a ‘miraculous’ escape.

The word “miracle” has become so commonplace today, often referring to things or events that are not miracles at all, that when we use it in connection with Jesus we need to have an understanding of what a miracle really is.

A good Bible definition of a miracle is when God acts in a way that is not the norm, at a specific time, for a specific reason; and he does this, not so it will blow away our minds and impress us, but because he has something to say.

The miracles Jesus performed are God talking to us, telling us something. He's got something to communicate to us. So John, in his gospel, calls them 'signs' - God is communicating something through them.

The miracles of Jesus recorded in the other gospels aren't specifically called 'signs', but they do exactly the same thing. The purpose of a miracle, the message of a miracle, is generally found right there in the Bible text as the explanation that goes with it.

So when we see Jesus perform a miracle, we ought to be immediately saying,

"What is Jesus saying to us through it?"

“What are the lessons he wants us to learn?”

We can get so transfixed with the ‘sign and wonder’, so hung up on the fact that Jesus was a ‘miracle worker’ that we miss what he was trying to convey to us through the miracle.

The miracles of Jesus are unquestionable displays of God’s power. Each miracle was an interruption of the laws of nature. But they were so much more than that. They were incidents to teach us valuable and vital lessons that we can hold on to through our Christian walk.

Over the next few weeks we’ll embark on a journey through just some of the miracles of Jesus, and see that there is divine insight and life-changing truths connected to each one of them.

As Jesus said on so many occasions,

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

And in listening and understanding about these miraculous signs may we continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him we will have life by the power of his name. (John 20:30-31)

With love in Jesus’ name,

Barry Robinson

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Sermon Series: “Miracles”

Christ centred, Bible based, Holy Spirit enabled teaching, to the glory of God the Father.

When the sermon is online the title will become a link to the audio.

  1. Do you understand the miracle of the loaves? (John 6:5-12)
    Saturday 30th April 2011
  2. Walking with Jesus (Matthew 14:22–33)
    Saturday 7th May 2011
  3. The Perfect Calm (Matthew 8:18,23-27)
    Saturday 14th May 2011
  4. Through The Roof (Luke 5:17–26)
    Saturday 18th June 2011
  5. A Father’s Faith (Mark 5:22–43)
    Saturday 25th June 2011
  6. Touching Jesus (Mark 5:22–34)
    Saturday 2nd July 2011
  7. A Woman Of Faith (Matthew 15:21–28)
    Saturday 9th July 2011
  8. A Fish With Money (Matthew 17:22–27)
    Saturday 16th July 2011
  9. Hug a Leper (Luke 17:11–19)
    Saturday 30th July 2011
  10. The Centurion's Amazing Faith (Luke 7:2–10)
    Saturday 27th August 2011
  11. The Widow of Nain (Luke 7:11–17)
    Saturday 3rd September 2011
  12. Bartimaeus - The blind man with vision (Luke 18:35–42)
    Saturday 17th September 2011
  13. I Am The Resurrection And The Life (John 11)
    Saturday 24th September 2011
  14. By Hook And By Crook (John 21)
    Saturday 1st October 2011
‘For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake’ (2 Corinthians 4:5)

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