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Barry Johnson preaches from Acts 13:38-41 about the power of God's Word in light of Evangelism.

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Acts 13:38–41 ESV
38 Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. 40 Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about: 41 “ ‘Look, you scoffers, be astounded and perish; for I am doing a work in your days, a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you.’ ”
Introduction:
Jesus is the Word and the Word is Jesus. As we Evangelize our world realize we are telling the story of Jesus who is the Word.
John 1:1–4 ESV
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
The power of God is the Word, the Gospel that saves men souls and directs their steps.

I. The Word’s power is of God

Acts 10:38 ESV
38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

A. God’s creative power is exercised through the Word

John 1:3 ESV
3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
See also 1 Co 8:6; Col 1:16; Heb 1:2

B. God’s infinite power is given by the Word

Matthew 28:18 ESV
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
See also Mt 9:6; Mt 19:26; Lk 1:35; Jn 3:34–35; Jn 5:19–20; Jn 13:3; Php 2:9

II. The Word’s power is revealed on earth

A. The Word’s power over human life

Matthew 11:5 ESV
5 the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.
See also Mt 9:18–25; Jn 11:43–44

B. The Word’s power over human behaviour

Matthew 4:20 ESV
20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.
See also Mt 9:9; Mk 15:5; Jn 11:29; Jn 19:10–11

C. The Word’s power over forces of evil

Matthew 8:16 ESV
16 That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick.
See also Mt 4:10–11; Mt 9:32–33; Mt 12:22; Mt 17:18; Jn 14:30

III. The Word has power over sin and death

A. The Gospel’s crucifixion defeats the power of sin

Romans 6:6 ESV
6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
See also Is 53:10–12; Mt 9:6; Jn 15:13; 1 Co 15:3; Tt 2:14; Heb 9:28; 1 Pe 2:24; Re 5:9

B. The Word’s resurrection defeats the power of death

Romans 6:9 ESV
9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.
See also Ps 16:10; Jn 2:19; Jn 5:21; Jn 17:2; Ac 2:24; Ac 2:32; Ro 1:4; Eph 1:19–20; Php 3:10

C. The Word’s power over sin and death remains effective

Hebrews 7:25 ESV
25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
See also Jn 6:40; Ro 8:2–3; 1 Co 15:22; Heb 7:26–28; 1 Pe 3:18

IV. The Word’s power remains available in human experience

A. The Word’s forgiving power is effective today

Acts 13:38–39 ESV
38 Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.
See also Jn 20:23; Ac 5:31; Eph 1:7

B. The Word’s enabling power is effective today

Mt 28:18–20; Lk 9:1; Lk 24:49; Jn 16:14; Ac 1:8; 1 Co 12:4–6
1 Corinthians 12:4–6 ESV
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.
God’s Invitation of Salvation
Hear - Believe - Confess - Repent Be Baptized - Remain Steadfast
see Rom 10:17; Jn 1:7; Heb 4:14; Lk 13:3; Acts 2:38; Rev 2:10
Romans 10:17 ESV 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
John 1:7 ESV 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.
Hebrews 4:14 ESV 14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
Luke 13:3 ESV 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
Acts 2:38 ESV 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Revelation 2:10 ESV 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
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