Saturday, November 29, 2014

Word of His Grace

Acts 20:32
Now I commend you to God and the word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Word of His grace.
Acts 14:3 …. Therefore they spent a long time there, speaking boldly with reliance upon the Lord, who was testifying to the word of His grace granting that signs and wonders be done by their hands.

Paul and Barnabas were speaking boldly. Who was testifying of the word of His grace? Was it Paul or the Lord? It was the Lord by the signs and wonders done by the hands of Paul and Barnabas.

What did they do? They spent a long time there. They testified. They testified boldly. They testified boldly with reliance upon the Lord. And the Lord was working with them. The Lord was working with Paul and Barnabas as they laid hands on the people. There were signs and wonders being done by the hands of Paul and Barnabas by the power of God.

Is there power in God? Does the word have power? Yes, yes. Do we have this ability to minister to others with this power?

Mark 16:17-20 “These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
19 So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.”

So who can lay hands on the sick for recovery? It is those who believe. V16 These signs will accompany those who have believed!!! It is not the special minister. It is anyone who believes. And what are we to believe? The word of His grace. God's word brings grace for us to minister.

What are the examples of this. Paul and Barnabas were ministering to the Lord in ch 13 of Acts. They were led to go and obeyed and went. And God was with them in power.

Acts 20:24 – testify of the gospel of the grace of God.
The gospel is the good news of God to man. It is explaining the good news of God to man. This word of explaining is God's grace. There is power in the gospel. Rom 1:16 … gospel of Christ which is the power of God unto salvation.

The Scriptures on salvation have the power to bring salvation to the hearers.

I   am reminded that as we go from grace to grace we also go from faith to faith. God's grace comes from the Scriptures. And God's faith comes from the Scriptures.

John  1:16 "For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace."
Romans 1:17 "For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH."

So let us not neglect the word of God. For it is the word of God's grace which will build us up to receive the inheritance.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Steps to Life

Here was a teaching I gave this week.