Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. Listen to Paul’s description of the Christian life — including preaching: I have been crucified with Christ. Study Text: Psalms 107: 19 – 20. Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. (Philippians 2:12–13). “I have helped you a hundred times, have I not?”, “Now go! It cannot happen in a preacher or a hearer who is what Paul calls a “natural person.”. He takes out the heart of stone and puts in the soft heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). But it does happen. There may be split-second acts of God when he inserts his promise in the preaching: “I’m here. The gospel, and the gospel alone does this. Preaching is a tool in the hands of the Spirit of God.    enlightening the eyes; . Preaching is a miracle in the preacher aiming to be the agent of miracles in the people. The problem with the mind of the flesh is that it is hardened against God. I turn to the promise, and I say it to myself again, often as I am walking to the pulpit. The message is central, not the man. We also know that “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb 4:12), and even further, there is “no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Heb 4:13). That is wonderful to think about, isn't it? You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. They are the content of preaching. Preaching is not a subspecies of natural rhetoric. A — Act with humble confidence in God’s help. Need to understand power in the Word of God to rise up and to take on the devil. That way, when we’ll need it, we’ll have it, and we “might not sing against” God. He promised it to T — trusting the promises of God.    and do not return there but water the earth, Thank you. This verse tells us that Jesus was known by another name – the Word! The habit is: make sure these promises are always memorized and ready for any preaching challenge — ready to be trusted in case God doesn’t give you anything more specific. And there are miracles you cannot see. I would consider my life well spent if I could preach and live and die like the apostle Paul, who wrote these words in 1 Corinthians 2:1–5. The Power of Words and the Wonder of God seeks to answer this difficult question. I am with you. For nine years I had worked with the same group of men on a loading dock, loading and unloading trucks. By guarding it according to your word. ... Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. is all-important. I seek to hear his voice, as it were, in my heart, saying it to me. He expects us to know the right answer to those rhetorical questions. It is for us! Our faith grows as we keep receiving God’s Word. He creates the miracle of Spirit-sustained speech. How do I preach so that it is not I, but the Spirit preaching through me? So in verse 2, he says we received the Spirit not by works of the law, but by hearing with faith. Such is the case for all who preach! 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. I have a special affection for the very word of God spoken to me personally by God himself in these moments. The Power of the Word of God–Sermon Notes NCC 3rd June 2012 By Peter Pilt on June 3, 2012 • ( 9) Today’s message is to Encourage to use Bible. Sermons The Transforming Power of God’s Word (1 Thessalonians 2:11-13) Rev. I might just say, “Help me!” But usually, I am feeling some particular burden or challenge or weakness or need. 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. Now granted, people should be free to believe what they want to believe. 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. This is how the Holy Spirit is supplied in power. They knew very little back ...", "forgot to address your question, "How do you people dress and feed yourselves?" Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world. not only is god’s word alive, but it is powerful, that’s why god’s word will never become obsolete. Now at this point, I think many preachers who don’t know A.P.T.A.T., but know intuitively that faith is the key to power, miss out on the fullness of God’s blessing by defaulting to vague generalities instead of specific promises. Preaching the content and intent of God’s Word is what unleashes the power of God on the people of God, because God’s power for building His people is in His Word. Also, send me the Evangelical Newsletter and special offers. Grant joy in the truth I speak, and give me the affections that correspond to the gravity or gladness of what the text says. This is to be the content of preaching. You act the miracle. Since the work was so mindless, I would find myself in philosophical conversations everyday. What Paul really says is, ‘‘When we preached the gospel to you, it not only had power in it but power on it; not only internal power but external power, the power of the Word and the power of the Spirit.’’ We can preach the gospel faithfully, declaring the whole counsel of God, yet do it without the power of the Holy Spirit! The faith of others will grow as they keep receiving God’s Word – all provided it is received with humility, honesty and meekness – a willingness to be guided by it. Not only are these questions still being asked, there are many preachers and Bible teachers say that God will overlook sin. the commandment of the Lord is pure, I embrace the words of the Lord Jesus in John 15:5, ‘Apart from me you can do nothing.’”. If I am attacked by thoughts that what I have to say is of little account and will probably be discounted by the people, God may give me this: The precepts of the Lord are right, (my translation), But notice that the opposite of “the mind of the flesh” is not a vague spirituality. Satan knows the power of preaching, and so he does everything he can to stop pastors from preaching. God the Spirit does not remove or replace the preacher. I am so utterly focused on the text and exposition at hand that I seldom have the mental freedom to look away to another text as I am preaching. It is called “the mind of the Spirit” and it is explained in verse 9: “You [namely, you who have “the mind of the Spirit”] are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.” So, the opposite of a natural person is not a religious or a mystical person, but a person who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and who is experiencing the miracle of “spiritual discernment.”. 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. Then and only then will you see lives truly transformed. Sometimes you can see evidences of his working in the people immediately. The God who keeps watch over the nations, this God still speaks today. . https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/how-to-preach-with-supernatural-power They preach a John 3:16 and leave off a John 3:18. No one will be raised from spiritual death. 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. but not ...". We have the happy privilege of spending our time in this special course and studying how to study the Bible. Here is a concrete, specific, particular promise, tailor-made for my situation. The Bible’s authority is inherent in its every word. That’s why our eloquence, innovations, and programs are so much less important than we think. There is potent power in the Word of God. But I feel defeated in my sinful attitude. Could. People pray for more power, and then neglect the Bible. He spoke personally to me. Bible is not just words – 787,137 words in King James Version. No one will discern the true meaning of this text. and preaches it to me. And I commend them to you: three habits or three habitual ways of practicing the first T of A.P.T.A.T. Preaching is spiritual seeing seeking to awaken spiritual seeing — spiritual treasuring in the pulpit seeking to awaken spiritual treasuring in the people. I will strengthen you, I will help you, (1 Corinthians 2:13), This is what the “natural person” cannot grasp. But this natural effect on the mind is not a spiritual taste for the beauty and worth of God. I am with your mouth.”. This sets the stage half an hour before the service starts: we call it to mind and remind ourselves. It is through the preaching of the Word that people are saved, and it is through the preaching of the Word that the saved are strengthened. 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. The Word of God is Pure, Solid Truth. The Bible we read that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (1:1). Indeed, very large churches can be grown by natural rhetorical skill. Bible verses about Preaching The Word. Paul said the preaching of the cross, the preaching of the Word of God, this message preached; it's foolishness to those who do not believe, but unto us which are saved it is the power of God - God's power in God's word. Are you so foolish? Recall Winston Churchill or John Kennedy. The ultimate goal for the believer is to comprehend the power and all-sufficiency of God’s Word. In fact, the mind of the flesh may be very religious and mystical and otherworldly. He came to tell us about God’s love. 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; We have read about the power of God’s Word, about the cleansing work of God’s Word, about the power of salvation that’s found in God’s Word, and about the sanctifying work the Word does along with the Spirit of God. This verse tells us that Jesus was known by another name – the Word! 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. I call it all-important because the apostle Paul did not promise the empowering “supply of the Holy Spirit” to A — admitting need, or P — praying for help. Finally, the message is finished and I step out of the pulpit. I walk through A.P.T.A.T. Grant me clarity of mind and expression. Be strong. Rhetoric — natural oratory — can move the natural mind in stunning ways.    it shall not return to me empty, What I want to do is focus most of our attention on the middle T — Trust — and how it practically works during the hour of preaching, not during the preparation for preaching — though it has just as much relevance then as it does during preaching. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! It cuts like a sword but cuts in order to heal, and it has the power to save. You can hear that this question is the same question Christians must ask about all of life. T — Trust in a promise suited to your need. Remember, I am trying to answer the question: How do I preach so as to become the agent of supernatural miracles in the people? The power of the preaching of the Word of God does not depend on the preacher. 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. A — Admit that without Christ you can do nothing. The NASB is more accurate, saying “The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul.”, When you read the Word of God, it sometimes reads you, and the more you read the Word of God, the more it works in you, along with the Holy Spirit. And when I am walking home, I will often say out loud on the 11th Avenue bridge, “Thank you. 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. (1 Corinthians 1:21), I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. Pastors have a biblical mandate to preach the written Word of God. It is exciting to think of Jesus as being described as the Word. God's blueprint for His church, I think we find it partly in 1 Corinthians 4:20, where Paul says: 'The kingdom of God is not in word but in power'. Preaching is a tool in the hands of the Spirit of God. What this makes plain is that it is I who must speak and serve. 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