In the church today, it seems that most people think you have to have more than just the preaching of the Word. We have many programs today to fit all our “needs” and groups that fit the different fads that are out there. But what has happened to just the preaching of the Word? We need to understand that that is all we need! Today, we tend to look for numbers and not revivel. But the preaching of the Word of God will bring about true revivel. We see this in Acts.2:37-41, ” 37Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’ 38And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.’ 40And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this crooked generation.’ 41So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” It was after the preaching of the Word that the people were cut to the heart. We see this again in Acts.2:42, “42And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” We see that after they came to Christ they kept to the teaching of the Word, and the Lord was adding to them those who were being saved. Again in Acts.10:42-45, “42And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. 43 To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. 44While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles.” The Jewish Christians were amazed that the non-Jew could come to faith in Christ, but they witnessed that it was through the preaching of the Word they had believed. Paul states in Rom.10:14-15, “14How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’ ” We can see that God uses the preaching of His Word to save souls and grow believers! This is His way and not ours. So preaching is enough! And if we have numbers without good strong preaching, we need to look and see if the numbers are true or not. What we want to see is true revivel, no matter what the numbers look like; that comes from God!
September 27, 2010
Is preaching enough?