The Ministry of the Word (Acts 19:9-10. Acts 19:20)

If one was to ask a hundred preacherChrist by - Casey-2013s to define the ministry of the Word, one would undoubtedly have more than a hundred opinions. How on earth can it be defined? To preach the Word is to present to an audience, be it one or many, as full and as clear an introduction and description of Jesus Christ as much as the preacher or teacher knows and to explain how to get to know Him, grow in Him, and pursue Him in the ups and downs of life. End of story!  Period! That is, for this writer, a solid definition of preaching the Word.  It isn’t per se an explanation, or a presentation of academic abstract concepts. It is a declaration of truth. Preaching does not necessarily mean the formal understanding of traditional Christianity that is constituted by a man standing up and without interruption is allowed to speak for a period of time, long or short. It is a communication of certain truths that if believed will change any person’s will and desire. To believe is a choice. To disbelieve is a choice. Faith is a free will option. Unbelief also is something decided upon. The declaration of truth is the communication of factual knowledge. That knowledge can be accepted or rejected. The Bible declares that the very declaration of the truth, when believed, is in itself the very impartation of the power of God that saves the soul. It is the active belief in the biblical truth that is declared to a person that communicates God’s salvation to the human soul. “The preaching of the cross is, to them that perish, foolishness. But to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Paul wrote once, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God to them that believe.” The message itself is the power of God. The word of God, when declared, bears the fruit of what is spoken when it is believed. Because the facts of the Word of God are, in themselves, an incredible series of statements against life’s status quo, it is always more convincing when the word is spoken with the same attitude that God has against sin, sickness, demons and life’s hardships. To facilitate that very thing, Christ forbad the first twelve apostles to preach until they were endued with power from on high through the Baptism in the Holy Spirit as demonstrated in Acts chapter 2. It was not a suggestion, but a command. “Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now” (Acts 1:4-5 NASB). And when they were baptised thus, the upper room that had become their secret hiding place, became a platform from which to speak to thousands of people. The whimpering, Christ denying, child fearing Peter, was immediately metamorphisised into a wild, giant, dangerous prophet of God that was not to be messed with. The Word, spoken with love and power will be irresistible to some. To the God seeker it is nothing but irresistible. When it is declared in the same manner that Christ spoke with, people stop and think, simply because God Himself is speaking to them. That is the declaration of the true Word. The Word of God is not hindered because it is a man speaking, it is by that means enhanced and made authentic and genuine. It is God Himself that chose the foolishness of preaching. When the true word is communicated, and believed there is an impact in the life of the one believing. That belief, brings Christ on the scenario of the believers life. Once Christ has “entered stage right,” anything that is positive, healing and beneficial could happen. And my experience is that what takes place is not only what is consciously believed for, but occasionally totally beyond what is believed for. God gives more than we can think of sometimes.

About Keith Lannon

Loving Christ more everyday.
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6 Responses to The Ministry of the Word (Acts 19:9-10. Acts 19:20)

  1. Pingback: The Ministry of the Word (Acts 19:9-10. Acts 19:20) - CALVARY - WHERE JESUS CHRIST IS CENTRAL

  2. People Empowerment Project says:

    One point left out: sinners, women and Samaritans.

  3. People Empowerment Project says:

    The idea that the anointing of God must be involved with preaching also plays out in some of the situations that occurred during His ministry. Jesus found an adequate reason to send His disciples on to go shopping for essentials so He could have a private conversation with the Samaritan woman at the Jacob’s well. It was easy to see that they had preconceived ideas about that when they returned, and those came from their culture (women and Samaritans.)

    The parallel between “Who sinned, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” (Disciples words.) and “You were steeped in sin at your birth, and now you correct us?!” (paraphrased, by the Pharisees) are eerily similar. Something was truly missing that came full throttle on Pentecost. One would even wonder if the disciples’ question above may have bordered on foolish superstition. How could a man’s sin cause him to have an infirmity at birth?

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