As we scan the Book of Acts and Paul’s letters, there is one obvious effect---OBEDIENCE! As we saw yesterday, that was the result of what “Christ accomplished through” Paul (Romans 15:18). From the Day of Pentecost, the Apostles preached the gospel of grace in the power of the Spirit and there was instant obedience.
Let me give you one example; “And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith” (Acts 6:7). Notice how these principles work together:
· The Word of God is preached in the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4; 4:8, 31)
· Conviction occurs in the hearts of those who hear (Acts 2:37-38)
· Disciples are made with those who receive the gospel (Matthew 28:19; Acts 14:21)
· Disciples become obedient to what they are taught (Matthew 28:20; Acts 6:7)
Can you imagine a whole church being planted on these principles? In Romans 15:18 that we looked at yesterday, Paul describes the kind of obedience that was accomplished through his preaching; “obedience—by word and deed.” As the Early Church grew, James had to remind disciples to “be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22).
If you are preaching the gospel in any venue, is obedience the result? Let me emphasize the fact that obedience is never forced or through coercion. It is the result of the Spirit working through you in presenting the gospel of grace and also the Spirit working in those who hear to obey.
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