“So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.”- Acts 6:7
The years following Christ’s return to heaven were difficult ones for His followers. Despite the struggles and persecution within the early Church, Acts 6:7 tells us that the word of God spread quickly during that time. The word “spread” is an interesting Greek word. It is “Auxano,” which literally means, “to grow or to increase.”
What does it mean that God’s word “grew or increased?” Obviously this growth wasn’t in size, but that it got broader in scope…it grew in its reach. There was more and more preaching of the word of God so there was more and more penetrating of the word into the hearts and lives of unbelievers. As the Apostles preached more, the Gospel message spread and more people turned and followed Jesus.
The Apostles had been tempted to become more involved in the affairs of the church. Doing so would have resulted in less time devoted to preaching the word of God. These church affairs were good things – ministries like feeding widows, serving tables, etc. But for the Apostles, they were not the best things. Thankfully, they had the wisdom to see that, “to neglect the ministry of the word of God would be a grave mistake (Acts 6:2),” so they delegated those important ministries to other capable leaders and gave their undivided attention to God’s call on their lives. This wise decision resulted in the salvation of thousands.
The greatest threat to the Church and Christianity will always be anything that threatens the authority and the preaching of God’s Word. There are numerous, creative ways to draw a crowd and build up numbers within the local church. And there is nothing wrong with being creative and using technology in ministry. But the one magnet no church can do without or supersede is the Word of God. We must always emphasize the priority of God’s Word.
Churches who prioritize God’s Word begin with people who prioritize God’s Word. Is there anything in your life that threatens the authority of the Word?
Father, Thank You for Your Word. Please show me if there is anything in my life that is threatening Your authority.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Topics: Work of Christ