Christians regularly pray, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.” When Jesus sent out his disciples, he told them to say, “The kingdom of God is near.” How can Christians convey this same message in today’s world? It starts by trusting the power behind the Word. Read more
The spirit of the Lord moves powerfully. His grace pursues and persists.
The Word is a consuming force that breaks down the pride of unbelief and creates the miracle of faith. It is His Word that announces Christ and what He has done – it is the only means to create and nourish faith.
And it’s this Word – this power – that is proclaimed from the mouths of believers.
When angels spoke to people in the Bible their first words were usually, “Do not be afraid!”
When Jesus sent out his disciples (Matthew 10) to the towns and villages to proclaim His name, he only gave them six words – simple and straight-forward. He spent the rest of the chapter letting them know how challenging it was going to be.
Evangelism is difficult and scary!
Some people think that sharing the gospel is terrifying because they don’t know what to say or feel that they just can’t do it.
I don’t believe that is true.
There is something deeper and more prevailing that causes terror for Christians when the invitation to proclaim the gospel is graciously extended by the gospel. Read more
Whenever congregations reach out and connect face-to-face with members of their community, the Lord uses that activity to shine His light and reveal His presence through those who believe and remain in Him. Canvassing a local neighborhood accomplishes that.
There is joy when a lost soul receives faith as a result of canvassing. A family who leaves nearby may accept an invitation to come to a church event or a worship service and hear the gospel. That is a great benefit the Lord provides through the power of His Word.
I would like to suggest that there is even a greater benefit that many churches often overlook.
Words engage and implore. They are engraved in granite to remember and inspire.
Words tear down and destroy. Unloving remarks can be forever engraved in our minds.
Words are important.
Out of his love for us, God became the Word in flesh. By a virgin birth, God sent his Son into the world so that he may be fully human. The Word became flesh to be our perfect substitute. Only through the Word that a soul receives salvation. Only through the power of the Word within us, we receive a sure hope and a future.
This Christmas, we wrap our arms around the Word lying in the manger – and our hearts around his name – the Christ, our Savior.
In the final of a three part series, we prepare our hearts for Christmas by trusting that God’s Word sustains.