This passage tells us that signs and wonders were common in the early Church. For what purpose were they given? Do they still have a role in the Church today?
The following are some discussion questions to use as an individual or in small group study.
- How do you feel when you hear about signs, wonders and miracles occurring today? a) skeptical, b) excited c) interested d) fearful What has come to make you feel this way?
- Jim mentioned two distinct streams within the modern Church in relationship to miracles: Evangelical and Pentecostal (Charismatic). With which of these do you most closely identify? How has this affected you beliefs about miracles?
- Read Acts 4:30. Does it surprise you the believers prayed for signs and wonders to occur? Do you think it is appropriated to pray for God to do signs and wonders in the world today? Why or why not?
- Read Acts 5:12-16. Do you believe that God works miracles of healing and other miraculous things today as he did in Acts 5? If so, why don’t we see such things more often than we do?
- Jim mentioned 3 purposes for miracles: 1) to create a sense of awe and reverence toward God 2) to bring more people into the Kingdom of God 3) to extend God’s love and compassion to lost and hurting people. To which of these purposes can you most closely identify with?
- Do you find it surprising that 2 of every 5 Americans say that they have witnessed a miracle from God? Why or why not? Have you personally experienced a miracle from God? If so please share it with the people in your community group.
- Read Mark 5:24-34. What do you think is the role of “desperate faith” in the occurrence of miracles? Why do you think miracles are more commonly reported in non-Western countries?
- What miracle would you like to ask God to do in your life? Please share it with your group members.