Sermon:
UNLEASHING THE POWR OF GOD’S WORD IN OUR LIVES

OPENING TEXT:
“The law of the LORD is perfect, REVIVING the soul. The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, MAKING WISE the simple. The commandments of the LORD are right, BRINGING JOY to the heart. The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight to life. Reverence for the LORD is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the LORD are true; each one is fair. They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. They are a warning to those who hear them; there is great reward for those who obey them.” (Psalm 19:7,10).
• My desire is to stir up your hunger and passion for God’s Word! It brings revival, wisdom and joy...

ILLUSTRATION:
A group of high school students who were headed for college were given a quiz about the Bible.
• The New Testament was written by Matthew, Mark, Luther, and John.
• Eve was created from an apple.
• Noah’s wife was Joan of Ark.
• The fifth commandment is Humor thy father and mother.
• The seventh commandment is “Thou shalt not admit adultery.”

OPENING: Discuss first of all the change brought about in my life when I started getting into it.
• Discuss personal struggles staying in the Word and how a Bible reading schedule helped.
• The times I am in the Word, I feel closer to God and have more victory over sin.

KEY TEXT:
“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free… Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:31-32,36).

THE BIG IDEA:
Jesus has promised that if we will abide in His Word, we will encounter a living truth that will bring us lasting freedom from sin. It’s time to unleash the power of God’s Word in our lives.

ILLUSTRATION:
An atheistic college professor visited the Fiji Islands and critically remarked to an elderly chief, ’You’re a great leader, but it is a pity you’ve been taken in by those missionaries. They only want to get rich through you. No one believes the Bible anymore in our culture. They know better now. I am sorry that you have been so foolish to believe them’.
The old chief’s eyes responded, ’Do you see that great rock over there? On it we smashed the heads of our victims and we roasted their bodies in that furnace next to the rock. If it hadn’t been for the missions and the Word of God that changed us you’d never leave this place alive! You had better thank the Lord for the Gospel; otherwise we’d already be feasting on you.’

JESUS MADE A CONDITIONAL PROMISE:
IF we abide in His Word:
1. We are His disciples indeed.
2. We shall know the truth.
3. The truth shall make us free.

1. IF WE ABIDE IN HIS WORD – WE ARE HIS DISCIPLES INDEED:
JESUS SAID: “Not all people who sound religious are really godly. They may refer to me as ’Lord,’ but they still won’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The decisive