The Power of the Word!
“So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper…” - Isaiah 55:11
In the past weeks we have had the London Bridge attack, the Notre Dame Cathedral attack, as well as the racial vandalism on LeBron James’ home. Even among our neighborhoods we read of assaults, thievery, and countless drug-related crimes. No community is immune from the violent sin that is expressed in the world.
Regardless of the gloomy times the church does not loose heart. The reason is because she has been entrusted with the most powerful life changing entity that there is – God’s word!
When the Church meets it should be a place where believers learn who they are in Christ, the freedom they have to love and serve, as well as being encouraged of the promises they have and what is reserved for them in heaven. Sadly, so many Christians “go to church” and they miss the fact that they are to “be” the church. The church is to “be” a family fellowship expressing faith, hope and love. Therefore when visitors take time to visit, church leaders should always be consistent in teaching the word of God, simply because we have a biblically illiterate generation that does not know that faith, hope, and love is found in a person – the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, people spend more time and energy in picking out a puppy, choosing a car, or selecting a dress than they do in reading the bible and choosing a church family. Christianity is about a relationship – a relationship with God and a relationship with one another. So when visitors come we need to reach out to them because they either feel vulnerable or they may have the “What can you do for me - now?” attitude that is so popular in this generation. For those reasons we are to share the truth of God in love (Ephesians 4:15).
Since God has placed the power of His word within the church, we are not to wait for visitors to come to us simply because Christ has commissioned the Church to spread His word (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15). God’s purpose is to change one heart at a time. Therefore the church is not to hoard the rich treasures of the word of God, but rather she is to share the wealth. We (the Church) are to go out and spread the good word of the gospel of the Lord Jesus because unbelievers rarely darken the door of a church building.
Regardless of the world’s ways, the church is instructed to rise up and help rescue the hopeless and hurting with God’s word. Centuries after centuries of countless testimonies testify to the fact that God’s word is the most powerful life changing entity that there is.
David C. Hale, pastor