in my mind, seeking God’s help to be as sincere and earnest as I can. A word of clarification about the word “spiritual.” When Paul uses it in 1 Corinthians 2:14 (“the things of the Spirit of God . Without your providence, I would not have life or breath or anything (Acts 17:25). The Urban Alternative is a Christian Bible teaching and resource ministry founded 39 years ago by Dr. Tony Evans. And he does this through the word. He goes beyond what “flesh and blood” can do and reveals the truth of Christ like he did for Peter in Matthew 16:17. You act the miracle. HIS WORD IS SO POWERFUL AND AUTHORATATIVE THAT ANGELS MOVE AT HIS COMMAND. The Holy Spirit is a supernatural being, the t hird p erson of the Trinity. “THE POWER of GOD’S WORD”. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Rom 1:16ESV) God has commanded us: We were told to go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). No one will discern the true meaning of this text.    giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, The gospel, and the gospel alone does this. PREACHING THE WORD; And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. This is how the Holy Spirit is supplied in power. APPLICATION – THERE IS POWER TO REBUILD, RESTORE, & REVIVE OUR LIVES IN THE TRUE, TRUSTWORTHY WORD OF GOD! This looms as a huge obstacle to preaching with freedom and joy. Instead, I am asking: How can a preacher become the means by which the Holy Spirit works the miracle of worship in the hearts of the people? The message is central, not the man. The Word of God is Pure, Solid Truth. Indeed, there are many tailor-made promises for the preacher. “All the promises of God find their Yes in him” (2 Corinthians 1:20). “Father, grant me the miracle of self-forgetfulness and humility. The text is being read by one of the elders or apprentices. We can see this in Romans 8:6–9 where “the natural person” of 1 Corinthians 2:14 is described as having “the mind of the flesh.” And the problem with the mind of the flesh is not that it is irreligious or that it fails to be mystical or otherworldly. In other words, as I walk through my usual Bible reading for the day — or broaden my reading — I am on the lookout for a specific, tailor-made promise that God may apply to me in a special and personal way as suitable for this very morning. Get updates from Christian Crier delivered straight to your inbox. (1 Corinthians 2:2), We impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. He spoke personally to me. Make me real, O God.”. Without your supernatural help as I preach, no one in this room will be converted to Christ.    and do not return there but water the earth, •• Paul understood the importance and power of the spoken Word of God: “Timothy, preach the Word!” •• The all-powerful Word of God — “the word of faith” — “is in YOUR MOUTH” to be spoken. A — Act with humble confidence in God’s help. That’s an amazing fact about the power of the Word of God. That is wonderful to think about, isn't it? Consider a few of these passages. That’s why we need our daily bread and ration of the Word of God. James 1:18 is another good verse to read. (Galatians 2:20), By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. Whole movements in society can be awakened and sustained by such rhetorical skill. So, to say it again: I am not asking the question: What are the natural things that a preacher can do to increase natural knowledge and natural feeling? The Apostles preached the Word; Jesus Himself preached the Word. 1 Timothy 4:13. Also, send me the Evangelical Newsletter. We sing. The power does not reside in the messenger, but in the gospel. Rhetoric relies on natural powers — mental and volitional and emotional powers — to create natural mental and volitional and emotional effects in the people. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. If I am in a hostile setting and fear for my life in preaching, God may give me this: Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people. (Philippians 2:12–13). 1: Power of the Name of Jesus | 2: Power of Praise & Worship. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. Are you so foolish? They cannot be treasured by the natural mind. However, the preacher believes that he should at least give them the chance to believe what God's authoritative Word has to say. Amen (Mark 16:20). Just think about the day you were saved. When the word of God is fresh, multitudes will always gather, in the book of Acts 13:44, almost the entire city gathered to hear the word of God. Today... Is it already Friday? All it takes is a person of God with the Word of God with the Spirit of God to birth the children of God for the glory of God. ... Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (Acts 18:9–10).    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. The psalmist asked a question many of us should be asking: “How can a young man keep his way pure? is all-important. Goosebumps are not promised — only that the Spirit will be supplied and work his wonders. For example, suppose my wife and I have had a serious conflict in the past few days. And the task of the preacher is to unfold God's authoritative Word. I have no interest in that question whatsoever. Turn with me to Galatians 3:2–5: Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? But I feel defeated in my sinful attitude. Jesus told the disciples, “Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you” (John 15:3), so there is a cleansing power in the Word of God. . And therefore, Christian preaching has no interest in merely natural rhetoric. Not only are these questions still being asked, there are many preachers and Bible teachers say that God will overlook sin. The ultimate goal for the believer is to comprehend the power and all-sufficiency of God’s Word. It aims to awaken and sustain the spiritual “taste” that God is supremely beautiful and satisfying. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. One question I am not asking in this message is: What are the natural things that a preacher can do to increase natural knowledge and natural feeling? Be of good courage. For sure, God’s Word is “like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces” (Jer 23:29b). I am with you. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Paul says that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17), and “no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet 1:20), so there’s the washing of the Word, the power of the Word, the sanctification of the Word, the power of salvation in the Word (Rom 1:16; 1 Cor 1:18), and the authority of that Word. It is now one or two minutes before I am to preach. If I am sick and my nose is running and I have a tickle in my throat that puts me on the brink of coughing, he may give me this: My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. I will strengthen you, I will help you, APPLICATION – THERE IS POWER TO REBUILD, RESTORE, & REVIVE OUR LIVES IN THE TRUE, TRUSTWORTHY WORD OF GOD! God’s Word is his supernatural power for accomplishing His supernatural work. Introduction. T — Trust in a promise suited to your need. This is what is “spiritually discerned.”, The chief and ultimate aim of preaching — namely, to bring people to see and savor and show the glory of Christ, and all that God is for us in him — is an aim that cannot be accomplished by merely natural means. Peter says, "For you were continually straying like sheep, but … God’s Word has a supernatural power to produce living faith in God for those humble enough to truly listen for a while. How can he become the means, or the instrument, by which the Holy Spirit grants the seeing and savoring and showing of the beauty and value of Christ? not only is god’s word alive, but it is powerful, that’s why god’s word will never become obsolete. They preach a Eph 2:8-9 Gospel and leave off Eph 2:10. Thank God for the word of God, and we ought to preach the word of God and teach the word of God, but that was not to have been the actual badge of Christianity. Why did God display His power in creation? I am sure that this text was the most often cited in the prayer gathering before our worship services. (Philippians 4:19), God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. That text has been the launching pad for hundreds of messages over the years. It is living and active (Hebrews 4:12). The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63). By the preaching of the Word and the Spirit takes the Word then and pushes it deep in their heart and convicts them with it and brings them to Christ. Every believer must admit that Jesus is “the vine; you are the branches. You work, because God is bringing about the working. They are of such a breadth that they’re always relevant no matter what the preaching setting is or what the topic. When God’s Word works with the Spirit of God, we are sanctified by the Word of God and the Spirit of God, but when we’re not in the Word of God, the Spirit of God can’t do His work as easily. Sometimes you can see evidences of his working in the people immediately. I’m still here.”. T — Thank him for the good that comes. More to be desired are they than gold, It is for us! are spiritually discerned”), he does not mean “religious” or “mystical” or “otherworldly.” That’s the way most people would hear the word “spiritual” today. For example, there is the power of salvation to save (Rom 1:16), and even though it’s foolish “to those who are perishing…to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor 1:18). Believers are not to judge those outside the church. How will I be able to preach? - Yet people abound in the Church who are praying for power and neglecting the Bible. Now we write about the authority of God’s Word. This video teaches about how big God is. How do I preach so that it is not I, but the Spirit preaching through me? The second practice is to keep a precious store of all-purpose promises in my memory ready to be trusted at any moment when nothing more specific comes to my mind. And I commend them to you: three habits or three habitual ways of practicing the first T of A.P.T.A.T. That’s why our eloquence, innovations, and programs are so much less important than we think. It is through the power of God’s Word that lives are changed, not our charitable works. but not ...". and preaches it to me. I give the benediction. so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; This keeps him from wandering “from [God’s] commandments,” so that means we can guard our hearts by storing up the Word of God.    rejoicing the heart; This is the miracle of preaching in the Spirit. Sermons The Transforming Power of God’s Word (1 Thessalonians 2:11-13) Rev. When we put ourselves under the preaching of God’s word, it is one of the precious few moments in modern life when we button the lip, resist the temptation to respond right away, and focus our energy and attention on hearing with faith. the commandment of the Lord is pure, On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. (18) For the preaching.--In the original the contrast comes out more strongly between this and the previous statement, the same phrase being repeated, thus, "For the word of the cross," in contrast to "the wisdom of more words" above.This is the word of real power. He reminds me that he will guide me as I preach, sinner though I am, because “he instructs sinners in the way.” There it stands. •• Confidently take your stand on the Word of God. He unveils our face, and reveals the beauty and worth of Jesus, and transforms us from one degree of glory to another: “This comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18). It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. This is a blog series featuring contributors to the new book, Cruciform Scripture. This is not the first time I apply A.P.T.A.T. Now granted, people should be free to believe what they want to believe. These nuts claim that God ...", "Maybe what happened to you was simply something going on in your mind or heart ...", "Medical science has progressed tremendously in the last 200 years. No one will be transformed into your likeness. Words are powerful. But it also makes plain that my speaking and serving are to be done “by the strength that God supplies.” And it makes plain why that is important: “in order that in everything God may be glorified.” The giver of the strength gets the glory for the message. Isaiah 55:10-11 . Paul had just been referring to what he imparted through preaching: the glories of Christ crucified and risen and reigning, and all that God is for us in him. He is author of. Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. So let’s keep these two together since Paul does: hearing and faith. John 6:63 “It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh profits nothing” Jesus says “The words that I speak to you are words of spirit and words … Jesus Himself recalled Scripture when resisting Satan in the Wilderness, so there’s power to cleanse in God’s Word but power to keep us from sin. Be strong in the knowledge that the Word of God is more than enough to accomplish the work of God in the people of God. It’s this specificity of God’s word to my situation that has proved more powerful than the generalities about grace that I have in my head (glorious as they are!). I admit this utterly and willingly. When this trust happens, the Holy Spirit is on the move. The Power of the Word of God Jesse Hendley Acts 2:37 What excuse do you have for being a weak Christian? Need to understand power in the Word of God to rise up and to take on the devil. It is not a means of using language to persuade the natural mind to simply act differently. … Right there in Scripture! I would paraphrase Galatians 3:5 like this: Does he who supplies the Spirit to you as you preach and works miracles among you and your people through preaching do so by works of the law, or by hearing some precious blood-bought promise with faith? Then and only then will you see lives truly transformed. By guarding it according to your word. And when I am walking home, I will often say out loud on the 11th Avenue bridge, “Thank you. This is to be the content of preaching. (Isaiah 55:10–11). Sooner. Apart from Christ, we were so sinful, so wicked, so rebellious that Scripture called us children of disobedience. The mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace. His Word help up us “grow up into salvation.”. What makes preaching unique is that it is a miracle in the preacher aiming to be the agent of miracles in the people. But it does happen. Bring to my mind any fresh word not in my notes that may be unusually helpful for someone here. (1 Corinthians 1:21), I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. The Word spoken of here is the Bible—biblical truth. So, right there on the front pew, seconds before I preach, I recite the promise to my own soul. P — Pray for God’s help. A — Admit that without Christ you can do nothing. The power of the preaching of the Word of God does not depend on the preacher. If we wish to make it ours, we must go to that Book. The last thing you will really need to grasp on the power of the Word of God is that the Word of God will last and stand forever – both in this life and the next life to come, which will be heaven. Rhetorical successes short of this are fatal — especially in the church. It is exciting to think of Jesus as being described as the Word. Here is a concrete, specific, particular promise, tailor-made for my situation. When you speak the Word of God, you are tapping into limitless power! A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. (Matthew 10:19). In the 78th episode of my podcast, I share my reflections on... Mike and I recorded a chat about all things Galatians yesterday.    therefore he instructs sinners in the way. My answer for the last 35 years of my preaching ministry has been to mentally and spiritually walk through the acronym A.P.T.A.T. The Spirit of God may quicken us to new life (Eph 2:1-5), but Paul recognizes the fact that there is power in God’s Word, saying that “it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Rom 1:16). Our verses today illustrate not only the importance God has placed on His words, but also the power within them. God’s words are a gift…and they matter. Trust me.” Or if I get distracted by something that happens, he comes: “Focus with me. Such is the case for all who preach! No one will savor your infinite worth. The Holy Spirit is a supernatural being, the t hird p erson of the Trinity. This verse tells us that Jesus was known by another name – the Word! I consciously turn my mind away from myself. As I cry out to him for help, early Sunday morning, he leads me, perhaps, to Psalm 25 and I read, Good and upright is the Lord; They think generally about God’s goodness or his power. Always, we tell people to preach the Word, because it’s an instruction from the Master. I feel guilty and discouraged. This verse is in full agreement with Jesus’ statement in John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Check out the blog series entitled “Jesus’ Chair” in menu above! If you've been saved, you've been regenerated by the power of the preaching of the Word of God. People normally tend to be comfortable with falsehood, and Timothy must combat this tendency by being ready at all times to preach the truth, that is, to preach the Word of God. That is real regeneration, or the new birth. Knowing this, the Apostle Paul wrote that “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word” (Eph 5:25-26). Church and ministry leadership resources to better equip, train and provide ideas for today's church and ministry leaders, like you. God’s Word is to be their judge and God is the final authority, but that day is coming (Heb 9:27; Rev 20:12-15). Sanctification means someone or something being set aside for holy use by God, and it is for God’s glory that we are sanctified by His Word. There is potent power in the Word of God. No one will be raised from spiritual death. God produces the power and provides the enablement to preach powerfully. Preaching or proclaiming the Word can happen in an informal conversation over coffee or in a formal counseling session. Please also opt me in for Exclusive Offers from Patheos’s Partners, Where Is Your Treasure? for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work” (Philippians 2:12–13). But it seems to me that the reason God has given so many concrete, specific, particular promises in the Bible about so many situations is precisely so that they will take hold of us and give us a very specific word to trust. THEY RESPECTED IT – It’s obvious that a strong emphasis on the Word of God is a key aspect of spiritual renewal & revival among God’s people. “I have helped you a hundred times, have I not?”, “Now go! It makes no sense to the world as “the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor 1:18). Have. To get a discount on this amazing Bible software, GO HERE. What is it that we hear and believe through which the Spirit is being supplied? (Luke 6:22–23). (Psalm 19:8, 10). I t’s the Power of God. Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality!