In this sermon, part of a series on “When You Need A Miracle,” our founding pastor, talks about God’s miracles– how He can turn a little into a lot. Here are some excerpts:

God’s Miracles

“It’s the most famous miracle in the Bible — the feeding of the 5,000; and it’s the only miracle recorded in all four gospels. Actually, there must have been far more than 5,000. Mark tells us that there were 5,000 men in attendance, but Matthew 14:31 tells us that “the number of those who ate was about 5,000 men, besides women and children.” Now, presumably there would be a woman for every man and at least one child for every couple; so, you come up with a conservative estimate of 15,000 souls. So, it’s really the feeding of the 15,000.

I said last week that Jesus never performed a miracle just to show off. Each miracle taught at least one lesson, and through this miracle we’re examining today we see the four steps by which God turns a little into a lot.

I’ve written at the top of your outline a sentence that I would call “the basis for a miracle”.

When there is a need, sensed by a few, and each individual accepts his responsibility to do what he can with what he has, regardless of the odds. then God works a miracle.” This is proven to be true with regard to every miracle in the Bible.

Today, in the story of the feeding of the 5,000, I want you to see how that truth is evidenced so clearly…”


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


June 6, 1993

Mark 6:34-44

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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