The Word: The Book of Acts Series – Part 1

Intro: In the book of Acts we see the first 33 years of Jesus now seated at the Right Hand of Power, as the Head of the Church.

There are three vital keys we see through-out the book of Acts that helps us understand why the first century Church moved in the power of God. The first key is: The Word, second key: The Name of Jesus, and finally the third key: The Holy Ghost.

In this study we will focused on The Word.

I. The Word of God in the Book of Acts


A. Acts 2:41 – Then they that gladly “received his word”

  1. The word that Peter preached is the Word of God, it was received and they “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine [instructions, teaching]… verse 42.
    • The word receive in Greek:
      • 588 ἀποδέχομαι apodechomai: to take fully that is welcome (persons) approve (things).
    • So then, those that took fully, welcomed and approved his Word were baptized… verse 41.
  2. The first century Church were baptised in Jesus name because they heard the Word being preached and fully welcomed it and approved it.
  3. Not only did they got baptised after they came to accept fully the Word of God but also continued in the teaching and instructions of the apostles.

B. Acts 6:2 – The Word took priority over any office or job

  1. “… it is not reason that we should leave [Strongs’ = to leave down that is behind; by implication to abandon] the Word of God, and serve tables.”
    • In other words they said: ” It is not reason that we should abandon or not give priority to the Word of God by doing other things.”
  2. The study and the preaching of the Word of God was of high importance to the apostles and elders of the early Apostolic Church.

C. Acts 6:4 – The Holy Spirit had revealed the place of importance the Word of God had in the ministry

  1. “… we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the Word.”
    • continually in Greek: G4342 προσκαρτερέω proskartereō = to be earnest towards that is (to a thing) to persevere be constantly diligent or (in a place) to attend assiduously all the exercises or (to a person) to adhere closely to (as a servitor)
  2. So not only did they were constantly diligently earnest towards prayer but also towards the Word of God.

D. The Word of God grew

  1. “And the Word of God increased…”
    • G837 αὐξάνω auxanō = Thayers’; to cause to grow, augment; to increase, become greater; to grow, increase.
  2. After they left the tables to the deacons, they dedicated themselves to the ministry they had been called to partake, and the result was an increase of the Word that brought about more disciples.

E. Acts 3:10 and 4:4 – Is the Word that makes believers

  1. The people saw the signs that in the Name of Jesus there was authority, and they were amazed and filled with wonder when they saw the lame man walk and praising God, Acts 3:6-10. But it was by the Word preached by Peter that they came to believe the Gospel, Acts 4:4. Faith for salvation comes by hearing the Word of God and not by seeing.
  2. To see signs as a way to believe, is what Jesus called wicked and adulterous, Matthew 12: 38-39; 16:1-4. He Himself made it clear that believing comes through the preaching of the Word, Matthew 12:41.

F. Acts 8:1-8 – Where the Word of God is received there will be miracles, deliverance, healing, joy, salvation, y the baptism of the Holy Ghost

  1. Verse 5 – Phillip preaches Christ.
    • To preach the Gospel is to preach Christ.
  2. Verse 6“And the people with one accord gave heed…”
    • The people were together and accordance, in agreement, listening to the Word of God. “… hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.”
      • Signs and wonders can be seen and heard. If our natural ear or eye cannot hear or see then it is not a sign. The signs were healings, casting out devils, etc.. see verse 7.
  3. Verse 8 – Where Christ is preached and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 1:23; 2:2; Galatians 3:1) there is joy. But its not only by the signs and miracles but by the Word of Life, the message of Christ that brings Life to the soul and nourishes our spirit being.

G. Acts 10:44 – The Holy Spirit fell over those that heard the Word of God, Acts 11:1

  1. Verses 34-43 – After studying these scriptures thoroughly we see the Peter preached Christ. Peter presented the man Jesus as the Anointed One and declared that “He is Lord of All”, verse 36.
  2. Verses 37-39 – He talk about what the Anointed One had been sent to do: “doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil.”
  3. Verses 40:43 – This man who is Lord (God) of all, resurrected. The prophets had prophesied of His coming.
  4. SO TO PREACH CHRIST IS TO PROCLAIM THAT:
    • A spotless lamb had to be sacrificed for the remission and washing away of sins.
    • God manifested in the flesh, became man as the Son, see 1 Tim 3:16; 1 John 4:2-3.
    • As a man was anointed by the Spirit of God to destroy the works of the devil, see Isaiah 10:27; Luke 4:18-19; Acts 10:38; 1 John 3:8.
    • Was crucified making Himself a curse to pay the penalty of the law, see Galatians 3:13.
    • He resurrected triumphing over death, see Hebrews 2:14-15.
    • His Spirit (Christ) is poured out over His followers as promised, see Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8.
  5. Verses 44 and 11:1 – Because these people were attentive to the preaching of Christ and believed the Word, they were instantly forgiven of their sins (verse 43), given new life by the Word being spoken (1 Peter 1:23), then they were able to received the Promise of the Father, the Holy Ghost and Fire (Matt. 3:11). The fire was to consume their sin.
    • By them receiving the Holy Ghost confirmed that God had accepted the offering. The same as when God sent fire over the holocausts in the Old Testament confirming He was pleased.

I. Acts 12:23-24 – The Word of God grew and multiplied

  1. Verse 20:23 – A clear example of how we can offend God when we speak of our own account. It seems as Herod spoke to his own glory. His words might have been too eloquent and of human wisdom. The people put their eyes on him, comparing him to a prophet or sent by God.
  2. When we fail to preach the Word of God (Christ), the people say the same of us, and say: “how much wisdom this brother has”, we find ourselves speaking of our own wisdom because we believe that the message “of Christ and the cross” is too mere or simple, see 1 Cor. 1;23-24.
  3. Verse 24 – The word of man does not prevail but instead causes spiritual death and does not produce spiritual fruit. It cost Herods life. “BUT” the Word of God causes growth and multiplies being like a seed that produces fruit.
  4. Application: In today’s modern churches we find no power of the Holy Spirit because the Word is not sown correctly. Leaders want to follow their own patterns when the Lord has already established one for us to built on and follow. God told Moses ” And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee…”, Exodus 25:40.

J. Acts 14:1-3 – Jesus gave testimony with sign and wonders

  1. We know what was preached in the early church, Christ. We see the discourse of Paul at Antioch in Acts 13:16-41. He preached Jesus, the Christ crucified and resurrected.
  2. Is of high probability that Paul preached the same every place he went. And he was not ashamed because it is the power of God, Romans 1:16.
  3. Verse 3 – The wonders and signs follow when we preach the Gospel of the Word of God. The Gospel includes salvation from sick and disease, salvation from poverty and lack, and salvation from the original sin that brought death to mankind.

K. Acts 14:7-15 – By the Word was a man healed

  • Verse 7 “And there they preached the Gospel.”
  • Verses 8-9 – “The same [the crippled man] heard Paul speak [the gospel].
  • The Gospel caused Faith to produce in the heart of this crippled man. Paul discerned that this man had Faith to be healed and ordered him to get up, verse 10.
  • Application: Is by the Word, not any word, but the Word of the burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ that brings Faith to the hearts.

L. Acts 17:1-11 – The Word was received with respect and reverence

  1. While the unbelieving jews in Thessalonica were making a big commotion about the preaching of Christ through Paul. The Bereans received it and searched the scriptures to confirmed what Paul was preaching.
  2. Application: How many of us just reject the Word without searching the scriptures to confirm if what we heard is true or not?

M. Acts 19:10-12 – The Word brought extraordinary wonders by the hand of Paul

  1. The Word had prevailed for two years in the city of Ephesians “so that they which dwelt in Asia heard the Word of the Lord Jesus…”, verse 10.
  2. Conclusion: Because the Word produces Faith in the hearts, and because the true Gospel is the power of God, God was able to do wonders. The Word had been effectively implanted in this church. The Gospel is what the Early Apostolic Church preached.

N. Acts 19:20 – The Word grew and prevail in ALL Ephesians


II. WE HAVE THE WORD INCARNATE – JESUS; THE WORD SPOKEN; THE WORD WRITTEN

  1. Jesus in the Word manifested in the flesh, John 1:14.
  2. The Apostles spoke the Word of power – the Living Word, the Word that performs wonders.
  3. The Holy Spirit has given us these Words, so we may speak them through lips filled with Faith.
  4. The Word will prevail.

Conclusion:

We learned that the early Church moved in the power of the Holy Spirit because Jesus confirmed the Word everywhere it was preached. The message was simple but yet powerful, that Christ came to destroy the works of the devil, was buried and resurrected from the dead and now testifies that He still lives working wonders and signs through the hands of believers.

If we actually believed the same messaged and preached it, wouldn’t Jesus also testify through us the same way He did with the early Church?

Why do Churches lack of the power that we were given the moment we believed? Can it be that we think we believe but actually don’t believe at all?

Leave your comments below, share with us your opinion on the lack of power in today’s Churches.

Read how the Name of Jesus was also a vital role in the early churches’ manifestation of the power of God.

The Word: The Book of Acts Series - Part 1

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