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Show Jesus’ Power

How to Write a Gospel
Inheritance Class of Grace Bible Church
Dr. Gene Pond
Summer 2010

To know how to write a gospel:

  Know what is a gospel

  Know why a gospel exists


  Be historically accurate

  Introduce Jesus

  Feature Jesus’ teaching

“No one spoke like this man!”


Types of Miracles of Jesus

Those that affected Those that affected
people nature

 Cures of illnesses  Time

 Senses
 Distance
 Leprosy
 Chronic disease  Gravity

 Exorcisms

 Resuscitations from

Feeding the 5,000

We need information from all four gospels

to piece together a full record of an event.

Why do not all the writers include all of the story?


Working miracles on the Sabbath

Now it was the Sabbath
on that day. Therefore
the Jews were saying to
him who was cured, “It is
the Sabbath, and it is not
permissible for you to
carry your pallet.”
John 5:9-10

Now it was a Sabbath on

the day when Jesus
made the clay, and
opened his eyes.
John 9:14

“Miracle Miles” in the Bible

Pharaoh Ahab/Jezebel Jewish leaders

Egypt’s gods Baal External religion

Exodus 7–17 1 Kings 17–2 Kings 2 The Gospels


The Effects of a Miracle

Gets attention

Shows God’s power over

created nature

Displays the kingdom,

suspending the effects
of the Edenic curse

Shows God’s approval

of its worker

Condemns God’s rivals

Your assignment is
Read samples of Jesus’ parables

Luke 10; Luke 15–16; Matthew 13; Matthew 25

The  Miracles  of  Jesus  Christ  in  the  Gospels  

No. Event Matthew Mark Luke John
1 Marriage at Cana 2:1-11
2 Exorcism at the Synagogue in Capernaum 1:21-28 4:31-37
3 Miraculous draught of fishes 5:1-11
4 Young Man from Nain 7:11-17
5 Cleansing a leper 8:1-4 1:40-45 5:12-16
6 The Centurion's Servant 8:5-13 7:1-10 4:46-54
7 Healing the mother of Peter's wife 8:14-17 1:29-34 4:38-41
8 Exorcising at sunset 8:16-17 1:32-34 4:40-41
9 Calming the storm 8:23-27 4:35-41 8:22-25
10 Gerasenes demonic 8:28-34 5:35-41 8:26-39
11 Paralytic at Capernaum 9:1-8 2:1-12 5:17-26
12 Daughter of Jairus 9:18-26 5:21-43 8:40-56
13 The Bleeding Woman 9:20-22 5:24-34 8:43-48
14 Two Blind Men at Galilee 9:27-31
15 Exorcising a mute 9:32-34
16 Paralytic at Bethesda 5:1-18
17 Man with withered Hand 12:9-13 3:1-6 6:6-11
18 Exorcising the blind and mute man 12:22-28 3:20-30 11:14-23
19 An Infirm Woman 13:10-17
20 Feeding the 5000 14:13-21 6:31-34 9:10-17 6:5-15
21 Walking on water 14:22-33 6:45-52 6:16-21
22 Healing in Gennesaret 14:34-36 6:53-56
23 Canaanite woman's daughter 15:21-28 7:24-30
24 Deaf mute of Decapolis 7:31-37
25 Feeding the 4000 15:32-39 8:1-9
26 Blind Man of Bethsaida 8:22-26
27 Transfiguration of Jesus 17:1-13 9:2-13 9:28-36
28 Boy possessed by a demon 17:14-21 9:14-29 9:37-49
29 Coin in the fish's mouth 17:24-27
30 Man with dropsy 14:1-6
31 Cleansing ten lepers 17:11-19
32 The Blind at Birth 9:1-12
33 Blind near Jericho 20:29-34 10:46-52 18:35-43
34 Raising of Lazarus 11:1-44
35 Cursing the fig tree 21:18-22 11:12-14
36 Healing the ear of a servant 22:49-51
37 Catch of 153 fish 21:1-24
The  Feeding  of  the  Five  Thousand  
  Mark  the  column  of  each  gospel  that  mentions  the  detail   Matthew   Mark   Luke   John  
14:13-­21   6:30-­44   9:10-­17   6:1-­15  
The  Lord  and  His  disciples  went  by  ship  to  a  desert  place  
B   The  people  followed  on  foot.          
C   They  followed  because  they  saw  Christ's  miracles.          
D   He  spoke  to  them  of  the  kingdom  of  God.          
E   He  healed  their  sick.          
F   It  was  about  the  time  of  the  Passover  feast.          
G   The  feeding  of  the  5,000  took  place  toward  evening.          
H   The  disciples  suggested  sending  the  people  away.          
I   The  Lord  suggested  that  they  feed  them.          
Some  5,000  men  were  present  when  this  miracle  
The  Lord  asked  Philip  how  the  need  for  the  food  could  
be  met.  
Women  and  children  were  also  present  at  the  time  of  
the  miracle.  
M   The  need  was  estimated  at  200  denarii  of  bread.          
Five  loaves  and  two  fishes  constituted  the  entire  
available  supply.  
The  loaves  were  said  to  be  of  barley,  and  the  fishes  to  be  
P   They  belonged  to  a  boy.          
Q   The  boy  was  mentioned  to  the  Lord  by  Andrew.          
R   The  people  were  made  to  sit  down.          
There  was  grass  in  the  place  where  the  miracle  
The  people  were  seated  in  ranks,  by  hundreds  and  
U   Jesus  gave  thanks  for  (i.e.,  blessed)  the  loaves  and  fishes.          
The  Lord  looked  up  to  heaven  when  blessing  the  loaves  
and  fishes.  
W   The  Lord  gave  them  to  the  disciples  for  distribution.          
X   The  people  were  all  filled.          
Y   The  fragments  that  remained  filled  twelve  baskets.