A number of years ago, when one of our pastors was in a remote village out in the islands visiting in one of the homes, he gave a Bible to a woman there. It may have been the first time she ever had a Bible.
Next time, when he came back to visit, she was very excited. She told him that God had spoken to her “Matthew 11:28-30″. When she looked in the Bible to find those verses, they were exactly what she needed, and they really ministered to her. She had been stressed and anxious about a number of things, and they brought her peace. She knew that God had spoken to her. She was in tears, and so thankful!
preach the word
2 TIMOTHY 4:2 – Preach the word…!
Our assignment is to preach God’s Word. His Word is powerful, and able to get the job done.
THE WORD OF GOD
QUOTES FROM BILLY GRAHAM
“We need to recognize the Word of God for what it is – THE WORD OF GOD!”
”In the face of such a growing storm, the world desperately needs moorings, and God has given us that ANCHOR IN HIS WORD, THE BIBLE.”
WISE MAN / FOOLISH MAN
MATTHEW 7:24-27 – “…whoever HEARS THESE SAYINGS OF MINE, and DOES THEM, I will liken him to A WISE MAN who built his house on the ROCK: …26 “But everyone who HEARS THESE SAYINGS OF MINE, and DOES NOT DO THEM, will be LIKE A FOOLISH MAN WHO BUILT HIS HOUSE ON THE SAND: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
WHAT HAS GOD SAID?
HEBREWS 13:5,6 – HE HAS SAID, “I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU SO THAT YOU MAY BOLDLY SAY – THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT FEAR WHAT MAN CAN DO UNTO ME”.
JOHN 5:34 – “THESE THINGS I HAVE SAID UNTO YOU THAT YOU MIGHT BE SAVED.” (Jesus)
GOD’S WORD IS POWERFUL – WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT, COMFORT, HEALING.
GOD HAS SPOKEN
LUKE 24:27 (The central figure in Scripture is JESUS)
And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He (JESUS) expounded to them in ALL THE SCRIPTURES the things concerning Himself.
JOHN 12:48 (Those who reject God’s Word will be judged!)
He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—THE WORD that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. (JESUS)
the creative word
HEBREWS 11:3 – By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the WORD OF GOD…
GENESIS 1:1,3 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth… 3 Then GOD SAID, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
JESUS IS THE WORD
JOHN 1:1-4 – In the beginning was THE WORD, and the WORD WAS WITH GOD, and the WORD WAS GOD… 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 IN HIM was life, and the life was the light of men.
JOHN 1:14 – And THE WORD became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
JOHN 6:63 – It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. THE WORDS that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
JOHN 14:10 – THE WORDS that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
JOHN 14:24 – and THE WORD which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 – For IN HIM (JESUS) dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily…
REVELATION 1:1-2 – The REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST, which God gave Him to show His servants—…to His servant John, 2 who bore witness to the WORD OF GOD, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ…
REVELATION 1:9 – I, John… was on the island that is called Patmos for the WORD OF GOD and for the TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST.
REVELATION 19:11-17 – …I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called FAITHFUL AND TRUE… 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called THE WORD OF GOD. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
JESUS WORD IS TRUTH
JOHN 17:17 – Sanctify them by Your truth. YOUR WORD IS TRUTH.
JOHN 14:6 – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, THE TRUTH, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
EPHESIANS 1:13 – In Him (Christ) you also trusted after you heard the WORD OF TRUTH, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
JAMES 1:18 – Of His own will He brought us forth by the WORD OF TRUTH, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
2 TIMOTHY 2:15 – STUDY (Be diligent) to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing (interpreting) the WORD OF TRUTH.
BORN AGAIN BY THE WORD
I PETER 1:23 – …having been BORN AGAIN, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the WORD OF GOD which lives and abides forever…
JOHN 1:12,13 – But as MANY AS RECEIVED HIM, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were BORN, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but OF GOD.
THE WORD IS LIVING
HEBREWS 4:12 – For the WORD OF GOD is LIVING and POWERFUL, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
2 CHRONICLES 7:14
IF My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and SEEK MY FACE, and turn from their wicked ways, THEN I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
SEEKING GOD – HIS WORD
PSALM 119:9-11 – How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking HEED ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD. 10 With my whole heart I HAVE SOUGHT YOU; Oh, let me not wander from YOUR COMMANDMENTS! 11 YOUR WORDI have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
DESTROYED / NO KNOWLEDGE
HOSEA 4:6 – My people are DESTROYED FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law (WORD) of your God, I also will forget your children.
THE WORD OF GOD
QUOTE FROM BILLY GRAHAM
“When the WORD OF GOD is hidden or ignored there will be CERTAIN DESTRUCTION!”
Sin and error of the last days – brings conflict and confusion.
Churches who once offered a unified standard of values and beliefs – too often have been compromised by convenient social theories in place of the BIBLE’S ABSOLUTE TRUTH!
Erroneous teaching is an abomination before God! It is destructive to true faith and peace!
ALL SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED
2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17 – ALL SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God, and IS PROFITABLE for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Is some of it inspired, ALL of it inspired by God, or only parts that speak to you in a personal way inspired?
2 PETER 1:20-21 – Knowing this first, that no PROPHECY OF SCRIPTURE is of any private interpretation, 21 for PROPHECY NEVER CAME BY THE WILL OF MAN, but holy men of God SPOKE AS THEY WERE MOVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.
AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE
Before turning to Christ, we lived by the world’s standards. Now we accept the Bible as the FINAL AUTHORITY for what we believe and how we live. God’s Word is the ultimate and absolute standard for every area of life.
GOD HAS SPOKEN
I CORINTHIANS 2:13 – Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches…
I PETER 1:25 – But the WORD OF THE LORD endures forever.”Now THIS IS THE WORD which BY THE GOSPEL was preached to you.
MATTHEW 4:4 – Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every WORD (RHEMA) OF GOD.
ROMANS 10:17 – FAITH COMES BY HEARING, and hearing by THE WORD (RHEMA) OF GOD.
AUTHORITY AND STANDARD
Before turning to Christ, we lived by the world’s standards. NOW WE ACCEPT THE BIBLE AS THE FINAL AUTHORITY FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE AND HOW WE LIVE. GOD’S WORD IS THE ULTIMATE AND ABSOLUTE STANDARD for every area of life.
Let’s SHARE GOD’S WORD TOGETHER. HEAR GOD’S WORD… READ/LISTEN, STUDY, MEMORIZE, MEDITATE ON IT, SPEAK IT, LIVE IT, PREACH & PROCLAIM IT…
ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY THE INSPIRATION OF GOD!
IT IS PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE, REPROOF, CORRECTION, AND INSTRUCTION!
I VALUE GOD’S WORD!
I WILL TAKE HEED TO IT, AND OBEY IT!
IT BRINGS GOD’S BLESSING TO MY LIFE!