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The Word of God Increased

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The Word of God Increased

“And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.” Acts 6:7

 

Dear brothers and sisters,

The Book of Acts chronicles the explosive expansion of Christ’s Church in the first century. Without using gimmicks, tricks, or games, a small number of Jesus’ disciples turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6). What started with a mustard seed took root and stretched across the Mediterranean world. How did such a small number fill Jerusalem with their doctrine and make disciples as far away as Antioch, Ephesus, and Rome? The record tells us, “the word of God increased.” (Acts 6:7, 12:24) Through the preached Word, the apostles and their assistants exported Christ’s truth. What was the fruit of such labors? “The hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.” (Acts 11:21)

            While we rightly shun obsession with numbers, we should not be complacent. We are soldiers, not spectators. We are fighters, not spiritual pacifists. We are intentional, not passive. How ought we carry the banner of Christ? What weapons should we sharpen? What fruit should we expect? Under the power of the Holy Spirit, we as a young and growing church ought to do several things:

            1. Embrace the Lord’s Day. Morning and evening worship are training ground.

            2. Pursue personal holiness. Spiritual disciplines equip you with strength for the battle.

            3. Celebrate the truth. Learn what the Church believes, and relish the savor of sound doctrine.

            4. Seek to win others to the truth. Lead people to embrace what you love.

            5. Pray for opportunities to speak the Word to others. The Word spreads as Christians seize opportunities to speak.

            6. Plead for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We do not need better methods, we just need more of the Spirit’s power. You do not need a different personality; Christ gives you everything you need to effectively move the ball downfield.

Do we not want to see Biblical Christianity flourish in the Panhandle? To lead scores of people to faith in Jesus and obedience to Him? Pray that the Word would increase, that disciples would multiply, and that Scriptural truth would hold sway.

It is a joy to labor with you.

Press on,

Chris