EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
SUNDAY DECEMBER 1, 2019.
KEY VERSE: John 8 : 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed;
Preaching and teaching of God's word is the divine charge on gospel ministers, the main duty of Christ's ministers and the backbone of the church. The preaching and teaching of God's word had pre-eminence in the worship service of the early church. They had the mandate from Christ to teach the worshipers all the word of God. They applied themselves to this duty.
When the word of God is richly preached and taught, hearers will have the knowledge of the word, the knowledge of the living God in His Trinity: the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. The hearing of God's word gives faith for salvation, sanctification, baptism with the Holy Spirit and other blessings of the gospel.
Apostles Barnabas and Paul gave themselves to preaching and teaching the word of God in the church of Antioch. By their ministry, the worshipers got transformed and began to live like Jesus! Those who saw their lifestyle called them little Christs. That is how Christ's followers began to be called Christians.
The believers need to be taught the doctrines of Scripture so they may know what to believe, what to do and what not to do. It is the responsibility of the ministers of God to outline and teach these scriptural doctrines for all to know and obey them. Through the preaching and teaching of the word of God believers can know their privileges in the gospel and appropriate them by faith.
We can see in the scripture that more time was given to the preaching and teaching of the word of God in the worship service of the early believers than to anything else. As good as singing, manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and other inspired activities are, they had limited place. Focus was given to the preaching and teaching of the word of God.
The fifteen to thirty minutes many congregations give to the preaching and teaching of the word in a worship service of two or more hours today is not in the spirit of the early church and cannot establish the believers in the faith. The charge Timothy was given is the charge the Lord has given to every true minister of the gospel in the church of Christ today.
This is a great assignment and duty. Time must not be wasted. He must be a wise master builder who should raise up the congregation of believers that possesses a good knowledge and understanding of all the truths of the Holy Scripture.
Thought for the day: The minister is instructed by the Lord to teach all the word of God.
Song for the day: I am standing on the word of God, the word of God is power
Bible reading for the day: Ezekiel 45-46; 2 Peter 3
PASTOR PAUL RIKA