God’s Secret To Church Growth

It is written:

Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:21).

The power to save souls has always been found in the Word of God. It is the Word of God which is sharper then any two two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). Paul said that the Gospel is the power of God u to salvation for everyone who believes (Romans 1:16). He also pointed out that the Corinthians had been born again by the Gospel (1 Corinthians 4:15), which is almost identical to what Peter wrote (1 Peter 1:22-25). This should not surprise us, since Jesus pointed out that His words are spirit and they are life (John 6:63).

This life giving and soul saving power of the Word of God is especially seen in the Book of Acts.

“But that’s it. God’s method of church growth is preaching the Word, watered by believing prayer….Here is a principle to ponder: that which makes the Church a distinctive company in the world is the Word of God–or, putting it more concisely, the Word of God is the constitutive reality at the heart of the Church. It is what makes the Church what it is, and it has always been so….“What we call ‘the Acts of the Apostles’ is a case in point. In its twenty-eight chapters there are about thirty-seven references to the growth of the Church. Indeed ‘The Growing Church’ would be a more suitable title than ‘the Acts of the Apostles’. Of the thirty-seven or so references, six associate growth with the quality of church life and of Christian character, seven link growth with the evidence of ‘signs and wonders’, and twenty-four link growth with the preaching of the Word of God–indeed in 12: 24 the growth of the Church is actually called the growth of the Word, as if they were so closely related that they could be identified one with the other.” (Alec Motyer, Preaching? Simple Teaching On Simple Preaching, 175-193 (Kindle Edition); Scotland, U.K.; Christian Focus Publications)

Let’s focus on sharing God’s Word with as many people as we can.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

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