Have you personally experienced or witnessed a miracle? In what ways was it similar to the miracles that are described in the New Testament? In what ways was it different? What seems to be the purpose behind Jesus' miracles? What seems to be the purpose behind the miracles performed by the apostles?
What are you worried or anxious about today? What is your typical way of dealing with the things that worry? Does worrying help? In what ways, if any, does knowing that God cares for you address the things that concern you?
While God is sovereign over all things, God seems to invite and to delight in our acting in concert with him. What part do people play in the miracles above? What part does God play? Which, in your judgment, is more important? What part can you play in addressing a problem you are facing? How might your action prepare the way for your welcoming a miracle from God?
Miracles are awesome, but miracles can't save us from sin.
"We modern people think of miracles as the suspension of the natural order, but Jesus meant them to be the restoration of the natural order." (emphases added)—Timothy Keller, The Reason For God, pp. 95-96.
Timothy Keller writes in The Reason For God, "We modern people think of miracles as the suspension of the natural order, but Jesus meant them to be the restoration of the natural order." What are your thoughts on his observation? How do Jesus' miracles point to God's plan for the future restoration of the natural order? The Apostle John does not use the word miracle to describe Jesus' mighty works; he uses instead the word sign. What do Jesus' miracles point to or signify?