Intro: Last Sunday I began a series on, "The Power That Works in Us!" I want you to get your prayers answered! I want to get my prayers answered! There are two extremes in the world today when it comes to receiving an answer to prayer: let God do it all-that is, everything that happens is God's will and there's nothing I can do about it. Or, let man do it all-that is, God doesn't intervene in the affairs of man, he just set the world spinning and let's us do our best! Both extremes are wrong! Answers to prayer come as a result of God's power working in us! It is a joint venture between heaven and earth! God's power must be at work in us if we are to receive an answer to prayer.
HOW DO WE GET THE WORD OF GOD IN US? Sunday School, Central Bible School, Preaching, Daily Devotions, Scripture Memorization, Jr. Bible Quiz, Christian Tapes and Books.
Today, we want to look at the power of the Word of God. Just how powerful is God's Word?
I. THE WORD OF GOD IS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO SAVE US!
A. James 1:21-22 (quickview)  "Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."
B. The Word of God has been planted in us. Remember the Parable of the Sower? Luke 8:11-15 (quickview)  "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.  Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience."
C. Friend, what you do with the Word of God, when you hear it preached determines your eternal salvation!
D. Romans 10:8-10 (quickview) , "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
II. THE WORD OF GOD IS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO KEEP US SAVED!
A. 1 John 2:4-5 (quickview)  "He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him."
C. What is this seed? The Word of God.