You CAN do the works of Jesus! One of the most amazing scriptures in all the Word of God is found in the Gospel of John: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” John 14:12, KJV.
Today I want to encourage you. You CAN heal the sick, raise the dead, open blind eyes, win the lost, make disciples, and teach and preach with the anointing … because Jesus has gone to His Father. Through all that Jesus accomplished through His death, burial, and resurrection, He opened the door for us to have a miraculous life with God. After He rose again, He ascended into heaven above all principality and power and poured out the Holy Spirit to give us power.
The early church waited in an upper room until He (the Holy Spirit) came in like a wind and a fire. That same Holy Spirit will empower us today. It’s up to us to learn to cooperate with Him, so that the mighty power of God can be demonstrated to our generation. Without Him we can do nothing, but because of Him, the sky is the limit.
This lesson from the Believers School of Ministry was taught via Skype in Hyderabad, India. You can absorb it today by audio or video, and the teaching notes are here as well.
Video: Doing the Works of Jesus
Notes: Doing the Works of Jesus
The purpose of this lesson is to encourage believers to DO the same works that Jesus did.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. (John 14:12-14, KJV).
Testimony from India village home. Man healed of leg problems. Two girls delivered from demonic oppression. Deaf girl healed; met woman raised from the dead.
THE BODY OF CHRIST IS CALLED TO COMPLETE JESUS’ MINISTRY
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Hebrews 13:8, KJV)
We to continue in all that Jesus began to do and teach. Acts 1:1
We are the fullness of Him and fills all in all. Eph. 1:22-23
Like him, we are to make disciples and teach others to do the same. Mt. 28:18-20
He lives in us to do the works. Jn. 14:10, Col. 1:27
FOLLOWING JESUS TO RECEIVE HIS MINISTRY
Follow me and I will make you fishers of men. Mt. 4:19, Mark 1:17
As Elisha pursued Elijah, we must pursue Jesus and receive His anointing. 2 Kings 2:1-14
Be imitators of God. Eph. 5:1-2
That men may see your good works and glorify. Mt. 5:14-16
GOD HAS GIVEN US GIFTS TO EQUIP US TO DO THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY
“And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers. His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church),” Ephesians 4:11, 12, Amplified.
Apostles—sent ones, foundation layers, establishing the Kingdom of God in regions and nations.
Prophets—prophetic ministers, gifted in revelations gifts, with a mission to bring purity into the body of Christ.
Evangelists—anointed preachers of the Gospel
Pastors—shepherd of the flock
Teachers—teach the Word of God.
Each of these ministries has a part in equipping and developing God’s people to DO the work of the ministry.
WHAT ARE THE WORKS OF JESUS?
His plan is to duplicate his character, love and works (Acts 10:38, 1 Jn 4:17, Rom 8:29, Phil 3:13-14, Eph 3:20)
We can do the works of Jesus. We can:
Win souls/the greatest work is leading someone to Christ.
Heal every kind of sickness and disease.
Teaching the Word of God.
Preach the Gospel of the Kingdom
Do miracles (walking on water, stopping storms)
Overcome the power of Satan
Command spirits to submit to us.
Raise the dead
Cast out devils
Teach believers to do everything Jesus commanded
Be baptized in the Holy Spirit
Move in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Be His witnesses in all the world.
Make disciples of all nations.
THE WORKS OF JESUS GLORIFY GOD
The Father is glorified when we use the name of Jesus. Jn. 14:12-13
Tommy Hicks vision, ordinary believers glorifying God and doing the works of Jesus.
Jesus said to believe in Him because of the miracles. John 14:11
5000 people believed because of the miracle at the Gate Beautiful. Acts 4:4
People in Samaria believed because of the miracles that Phillip did. Acts 8:5-7
Miracles glorify God. They are displays of God’s awesome power, which cause the reality of God’s power to be manifested in the earth.
Testimony: Tom comes to Jesus after seeing a miracle of healing.
WE DO THE WORKS OF JESUS THOUGH FAITH
“he that believeth on me. . .” Power plant keeps producing, but it takes a $2 switch to turn on the lights.
All things are possible to him who believes. Mark 9:23
For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37
Without faith it’s impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:6,
If you believe in your heart, you can speak to the mountain. Mark 11:22-24
Jesus told people that their faith made them well. Luke 17:19
Jesus promised that we would lay hands on the sick and they would recover. Mark 16:18
The Word of God says that the prayer of faith will save the sick. James 5:15
WE DO THE WORKS OF JESUS THOUGH THE NAME OF JESUS
Amplified version presenting all I AM) John 14:13
Peter used the name of Jesus to raise up the lame man. Acts 3:1-8, 3:16
We are to do all and say all in the name of Jesus. Colossians 3:17
Delegated authority, power of attorney—“And whatsoever you shall ask in my name. . .”
The name of Jesus is above every name. Philippians 2:9-11
In His name we cast out devils. Mark 16:17, KJV)
Expect him to confirm the word with signs following. Changed lives, deliverance, miracles, multiplied food, dead raised. Take the limits off! Mark 16:15-20
WE DO THE WORKS OF JESUS THROUGH THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
“because I go to my Father. . .”
Redemptive work completed. . . I won’t be here, but. . .
New Covenant instituted.
Gospel given to the Gentiles.
Jesus and His Church exalted above all principalities.
Door opened for the new birth and the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Power of the Holy Spirit poured out.
He gave us power to be witnesses. Acts 1:8
He has sent the Comforter to live with us. John 14:16
WE DO THE WORKS OF JESUS THROUGH COMPASSION
Jesus was moved with compassion and healed the sick. Mt. 9:36, Matthew 14:14
The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Romans 5:5
Gifts of the Spirit. . . look for the access point. The person’s felt need. Woman on airplane. “How’s things in your family?” Basically it’s the compassion of Christ in action working through the sensitivity of your own heart in your relationship with the Lord. The divine flow. . . Follow the love path.
It’s HIS POWER, it’s HIS NAME and HIS COMPASSION. Our part is to be the conduit (by faith) to bring HIS works into the earth. Decide to be a believing believer turned on to the mighty power of God and doing the works of Jesus in His name.
Testimonies: Tom’s son healed of a crooked neck. Marvin. Agape Acres. Tom Elie’s Crusade. Tumor disappears. Richard Aberle, compassion; triglycerides; colon tumor
Teachers, share miracle testimonies which you have experienced or heard about here:
PRACTICAL EXERCISE James 1:22
Share the message of miracles using your favorite scriptures and a testimony of healing. As the person if they would like to receive and minister to them in the name of Jesus. Pray and believe God for a miracle in their life.
Write a short message about why you believe that God still does miracles today. Include one or two scriptures that prove that God still does miracles, a testimony that you have either heard or experienced. Be ready to share a 3-5 minute message in the next class session.