One would think that the longer a person walks in intimacy with Jesus Christ the deeper that person's confidence would become in God's willingness and ability to work the extraordinary. If you look into conservative evangelical churches today, however, you will soon discover that the opposite is often true. So much of the supernatural components of God's work is being academized, minimized, explained away and outrightly dismissed. The supernatural God of all glory is being folded away into a pocket-sized, predictable deity. We don't expect as much of the Almighty as we once did.
This message challenges the people of God to regain their awe. No longer can the Christian afford to shove his hands in his pockets, shuffle his feet, shrug his shoulders and walk away from the awkward question of why we have ceased to expect the miraculous from God. Truly, some have abused the biblical assertion of the miraculous but the worse offense is that many others have refused the possibility altogether. The result is that we are planting and nurturing churches that have solid hermeneutics but are abysmal when it comes to expressed passion for Christ. Let us learn from a full-time beggar who becomes a first-time leaper in Acts 3. He only expected to receive a little something but was blessed with something exceedingly, abundantly above all that he could have asked or imagined.