Summary: “Christianity is more than something said, it is something that is marked by miraculous power”
"More than Words"
Text: 2 Cor 4:20
This morning I would like to bring you a message entitled “More than Words…”
A woman went to the doctors office, where she was seen by one of the new doctors, but after about 4 minutes in the examination room, she burst out, screaming as she ran down the hall. An older doctor stopped her and asked what the problem was, and she told him her story. After listening, he had her sit down and told her to go relax in another room. The older doctor marched down hallway to the back where the first doctor was and demanded,"What’s the matter with you? Mrs. Terry is 63 yearsold, she has four grown children and seven grandchildren, and you told her she was pregnant?" The new doctor continued to write on his clipboard and without looking up said, "Does she still have the hiccups?"
Words are powerful…
They have caused nations to rise and nations to fall
They have cause hearts to swoon and marriages to collapse. But words can also have the opposite the effect. They can lull the listener even turn the listener away. Even Paul had the misfortune of having one of his listeners fall asleep and unfortunately
fall out of third story window. (Acts 20:9)
That story makes all preachers a little bit more comfortable.In the day an age in which we live we are subjected to so much rhetoric…just empty words.In Politics we have politicians who just ramble on and on with out seemingly saying a thing.Unfortunatley we have the same problem within the church. So many times we ramble on and on with our religious ease…but it is no more than a mantra that we have memorized.
It’s like the Lutheran pastor who always started each service with "The Lord be with you." The people would respond, "and also with you.” But, one Sunday the PA system wasn’t working so the first thing he said was "There’s something wrong with this microphone." The people responded, "and also with you."
This morning Paul encourages us in our text to be more than words…he encourages us to walk in Power.
Lets look real quickly at some definitions before we get into the heart of the message…
“Word” logos something said
“Power” Dunamis; force specifically miraculous power
If we were to restate verse 20 based upon these definitions we would say…
"Christianity is more than something said, it is something that is marked by miraculous power”
1 Cor 4:18-20 “The Message”
“I know there are some among you who are so full of themselves they never listen to anyone, let alone me. They don’t think I’ll ever show up in person. But I’ll be there sooner than you think, God willing, and then we’ll see if they’re full of anything but hot air. God’s Way is not a matter of mere talk; it’s an empowered life.
This word “Dunamis” very key it shows up many times throughout the New Testament. We are instructed, encouraged, admonished, and asked to walk a powerful, and victorious life throughout the Scripture, not just speak the words. So where is the gap between the words we speak and the lives we many times live. We must remember that we fight from a “Position of Victory.”