Series: Becoming a Person of God's Presence and Power
July 18, 2021 | George Clash
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
Acts of the Apostles 2:44-47
And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
Bottom Line: God wills for His work to increase on the earth.
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!
Here is another illustration Jesus used: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.”
Jesus also used this illustration: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”
Things with the kingdom of God start small and then permeates everything around it.
The same parable is used to describe faith and the kingdom of God. A mustard seed.
As we grow in our faith so does the influence of God's kingdom reign through our lives.
Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
Acts of the Apostles 2:47
all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
The church in partnership with God preached the gospel to the effect of souls coming to faith in Christ. We are empowered by the Spirit for this very reason. (Acts 1:8)
The power is not of us, but it is in us.
Three ways we can expand God's work:
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.(Our empowerment/motivation)
19 Go therefore (evangelism) and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,(Discipleship)
20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you;
and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
When sharing the gospel we should always expect God to confirm His word with signs and wonders.
A demonstration of the power of the world to come which is meant to authenticate the message.
Acts of the Apostles 4:29-31
And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.
Discipleship is a relationship that is intentional about growing in Christ.
Example: Paul & Timothy
Timothy joins Paul on his second missionary journey.- Acts 16:1-5
Timothy became an extension of Paul’s apostolic ministry.- 1 Cor. 4:17; 1 Thess. 3:1-9; Phil. 2:19-23
Paul assigns Timothy to oversee the churches in Ephesus. 1 & 2 Timothy
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”
-John Wesley 1703-1791
Acts of the Apostles 10:38
And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
The three ways we can participate in the expansion of God’s work is through evangelism, discipleship, and good works.
Where in your life is God calling you to partner with Him to expand His work?
How can you be more engaged in evangelism?
Who has God assigned to you to disciple and help grow in Christ?
What good works has God raised you up to perform?