Summary: This is a sermon the gives us 5 things about "The WORD of GOD" and what it is and what it does.
What’s the word?
Have you ever been somewhere in some situation and heard the statement, “What’s the word?” Maybe it’s been where you have been sitting in the waiting room and someone comes out with what you hope to be an update. You ask, “What’s the word?” Maybe it is a delay in a sporting event due to the weather or something and someone goes to talk the officials and when they get back you ask, “What’s the word?”
And that will be our question this morning. What’s the word? And sense this is God’s house, then we will not be asking this morning about an update on any information but we will be talking about what is the word of God. So let me give you some words about the Word of God. First…
The word of God is consistent
1 Peter 1:22-25 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls away, But the word of the Lord endures forever”.
I know all of us who have kids might not have been as consistent in our words. Kids know our weaknesses. “No” sometimes changes to, “ok, go ahead”. They can either look at you with those sad eyes or they wear you down but consistently bugging you. But God’s word is consistent. It is the same yesterday, today, and forever more. His word never changes.
Now some people would have you to believe that His word changes, after all this is the 21st century. What was written 2000 years ago does not apply to today’s world, but God’s word is consistent, it never changes.
The word of God is consistent and…
The word of God is contagious
Acts 6:7 The word of God spread, and the number of disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priest were obedient to the faith.
Then we read that the word spead to the Gentiles.
Acts 11:1 Now the apostles and brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.
All through the beginning of the church we read about the spreading of the word of God.
I heard the story of a man who asked for a Gideon Bible …He said the paper is very fine and perfect for rolling his cigarettes. The Gideon gave him the Bible on the condition that he before using the pages that he read them front and back. The man proceeded to smoke his way through Matthew, Mark, Luke and a then came to John and stopped when he read chapter 3:16 – and he gave his heart to the Lord
When I hear the word contagious I think about the spreading of something.
Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
In order for it to be contagious then we as Christians need to be the one to spread that word.
The word of God is consistent, and contagious and also…
The word of God confirms
Luke 8:19-22 Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not approach Him because of the crowd. And it was told Him by some, who said, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.” But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”
Here we find the mother of Jesus and His brothers coming to see Him but they were unable to because of the crowd. Someone informed Him that He had company and Jesus declared that His true family was those who hear and do the word of God.
If you want to confirm your relationship with the Lord then you need to ask yourself; Do I hear and do the word of God?
What do I mean by that? If you profess to be a Christian then there will be a change. The Bible tells us that old things will pass away, behold all things will become new. You will want to do the will of God and the way to know the will of God is by the word of God.
1 John 5:1-5 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keeps His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.