1 Thessalonians 2
13 For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
You have heard me say that the Bible is not a static book but it is a dynamic book. Something that is dynamic is living and powerful. As Paul wrote to the believers at the church in Thessalonica he rejoiced that the word of God was received by them as that, as the word of God. When the word of God is proclaimed we should recognize it as that which God has sent for us to hear. This is the difference between giving a speech and proclaiming God’s word. A speech might or might not connect with us but the word of God should always connect.
What do you hear when you hear the Bible preached and taught? Do you hear the insights of the teacher or are you hearing the very words of God in your soul? How do we know the difference? According to this verse, when the Bible is received as the word of God, it works effectively in those who believe it. I have had people under my preaching for ten years and walk away back into their sin. They never believed the Word and it did not have an effect on them. The gospel is the power of God on all who believe.
This is why faith is so important. When we hear the word of God we must then place our faith in it. Faith turns to action and action to a change of life. The power of God becomes known to us and the Word then works effectively in us when we believe. Has the word of God worked effectively in you? Do you believe it as it is in truth, the very word of God? Believe it and watch it work its dynamic power in you.
I thank God for a good day on Sunday. We have finished 2 Corinthians and I am thankful for the journey through this important epistle. I talked about Paul and us being servers of the gospel like a server at a banquet. The server doesn’t prepare the food he only serves it. We don’t prepare the gospel, we only serve it. Our desire is that it is received and made a part of the lives of those to whom we serve it. I hope this made sense to the church and that more of you become servers of the gospel.
The conference on homosexuality was a great success. The speakers were compassionate and grace filled people who love those in need of Christ. We must pray for those lost in our community that they would come to Christ and become new creatures in Him. Thanks to Peter LaBarbera and his wife Christina for all they did to make this conference happen and succeed.
Have a great day in the Lord,