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All Speak the Word

Gospel Growth Involves Every Christian Speaking the Word

Sit in church on Sunday, hear the word of God preached; wake up in the morning, read the Word of God written; go to bible study, hear the Word of God taught. All of these things are a good part of the Christian’s life, but the Bible exemplifies that the Christian life also includes speaking the word of God to a watching world with boldness.

“And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. ” (Acts 4:29–31)

The call to speak the word of God is for all Christians, not just pastors, teachers and leaders. One of the reasons the early church, in Acts, experience so much growth both physically and spiritually was because of the bold speaking of God’s Word.  This isn’t just the recitation of Scripture—the church in Acts didn’t even have a New Testament—this is the communication, from one person to another, of God’s truths as taught by the apostles, Jesus and the Old Testament.

We speak God’s word to someone, and the Spirit enables a response. This can happen individually, in small groups, and in large groups. It can happen over the back fence, over dinner, or over morning tea at church. It can happen in a pulpit or on a patio. It can be the formal exposition or study of a Bible passage, or someone speaking from Scripture-based truth without even referring to the Bible.
However, despite the almost limitless number of contexts in which it might happen, what happens is the same: a Christian brings a truth from God’s word to someone else, praying that God would make that word bear fruit through the inward working of his Spirit.1

Gospel Growth Transform Cultures

Today is marked by a decline in Christian influence in America. The morals of our country are arbitrarily defined by intellectual elites, scientists, and politicians. These arbitrary morals are not based on the sound foundation of absolute truth that we find in Scripture. There are many Christian conservative groups that are fighting the battle in the courts and don’t get me wrong, this is certainly an important battle to be fought. But even more importantly than the battle for temporal justice, is the battle for the eternal grace of God, through the Good News of the Gospel, a battle for souls. Like the church of Acts, we need bold proclamation of God’s Word from one person to another.

Perhaps it may seem like an impossibility in this day and age; but consider the church in Acts, they were under persecution and there was nothing in their circumstances that appeared to be in the favor of people coming to embrace Jesus. It was accomplished through bold proclamation of God’s word, applied to the hearts of men and women, through the work of the Holy Spirit—every Christian today is called to do this. 

Lord, “grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness”. Not only to those who do not know you, but also among brothers and sisters in Christ. Amen.

 

Endnotes

1. Colin and Payne Marshall, Tony, The Trellis and the Vine (Matthias Media, 2009), 38.

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  1. Rob says:

    If I’m totally honest, I sometimes get lazy, thinking that I’ll just leave the sharing of God’s Word to those people that are paid to do it. But if we are totally realistic here, that’s only a handful of people doing the sharing. If we don’t partnership in the sharing of the Gospel, we are at risk of becoming a burden to our pastors.

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