July 2016 Issue of Christian Worker (We Need Strong Preachers!)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • We Need Strong Preachers! (Tom Moore)
  • Faith is the Victory! (Cody Westbrook)
  • The Word of God is Able! (Richard Melson)
  • Every Aquila Needs His Priscilla (Carl McCann)
  • What Preachers Need from Elders (Andy Baker)
  • Iron Sharpens Iron (James Nash)
  • Strength Through Spiritual Exercise (Bill Burk)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

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We Need to Study the Bible Because it’s Powerful

More powerful than a locomotive may be alright to describe Superman, but there’s hardly a comparative term out there to help describe the power of God’s word. We live in a world of constant energy; and I’m not just talking oil and gas. The need for production and consumption has produced a constant cycle that has been in place since the day Adam and Eve made the Garden their home (think food people). Our intake must be greater than the outgo or our physical strength will run out, right? Spiritually speaking, there’s a renewable, reliable, ever ready energy source that can get the job done and it’s called the word of God.

The word of God is powerful in its spoken form. “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.” (Psalm 33:6) The atoms that make up the bomb, that make up the water turning the turbines, that sends out of the radiating light of the sun, that produces fossil fuels and even construct the energy sources we have yet to discover were all “simply spoken” into existence. That’s power! No wonder it was said in olden times, “Lord speak, for your servant hears” (1 Samuel 3:9). The word of the Lord will come to pass upon its own merits, strengths and power. The will of God allows mankind to have a will, but when mankind starts to act like man-king then the Lord speaks and man can’t help but listen.

The word of God is powerful in its written form. The One who spoke us into existence not only condescended Himself to become one of us for our sake (John 1:1-3, 14), He also condescended Himself to leave us with the ability to learn about the knowledge He has given through the written word that transcends any other written document ever imagined (1 Corinthians 2:11-14). Simply put, the written word of God is some powerful stuff: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) God’s word does not need our guidance – we need the guidance of God’s word (Jeremiah 17:9, Psalm 119:105). God’s word knows how to lay our heart open, get right down into the root of the matter and reveal the reasoning behind our thoughts and actions…and it does it all without anesthesia.

The word of God is powerful because it has the power to lead mankind to salvation. Without God’s word we would not have the knowledge that’s available when it comes to the reality of sin and the possibility of salvation. The word of God not only leads us back to the Garden, it leads us back to Calvary and onto Heaven. The Spirit of God uses the power of the word of God to bring us unto God to enjoy the salvation of God through the Son of God. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” (Romans 1:16). God’s word is the dynamite that blasts out our self-will, our stubborn will and our sinful will to reveal unto us to will of God. You can’t have fruit without a seed and you can’t enjoy salvation without the seed of salvation being planted into our heart (Luke 8:4-15).

If mankind is to ever stop fussing and fighting over the energy production of the earth it will be because we have learned to listen to the power filled word of God from Heaven. If mankind is to ever stop allowing the perverted knowledge of people to do irreparable harm it will be because we have learned to listen to the power filled word of God that binds hearts, clears minds and opens ears and eyes. If mankind is to ever stop proceeding deeper and deeper into sin and further and further away from God it will be because we have learned to listen to the power filled word of God that renews the heart, mind, soul and strength in the image of the One who loved us enough to give us more than what we deserved; He gave us what we could never earn (Romans 5:8-10). These are just a few reasons why we need to study the powerful word of God contained in the Bible.

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.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13)

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