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February 4, 2024
48m 51s

The Power of Preaching

by Darius Dunson
In this final sermon of the SENT series, we look at The Power of Preaching, but it’s not what you may think… What is preaching, and whose responsibility is it, really? As we step back and study the ancient Church, we see that the power of preaching—witnessing and exalting the Lord, our Savior—extends to all believers. Even in the origins of the church, not one soul was added to the Kingdom of God until Peter came out and preached the Good News. And we, all believers—male, female, young and old—are called to do the same. We invite you to join us as we are reminded that God’s power is in us, and yes, you are made to share the Good News with the world around you.
Sermon Notes

ROMANS 10:13-15 (NASB95)
13…“WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” 14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless they are SENT?”

ACTS 2:14-21 (NKJV)
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. 18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. 21 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.’

  1. His Preaching was EXPLANATORY

ISAIAH 43:19 (NIV)
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; DO YOU NOT PERCEIVE IT? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

ACTS 1:14 (NASB95)
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, ALONG WITH THE WOMEN, AND MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS

ACTS 2:22-25, 30-36 (NKJV)
22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: JESUS of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through HIM in your midst, as you yourselves also know— 23 HIM, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; 24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that HE should be held by it. 25 For David says concerning HIM: ‘I foresaw THE LORD always before my face, For HE is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken…

30 Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up THE CHRIST to sit on his throne, 31 he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of THE CHRIST, that HIS soul was not left in Hades, nor did HIS flesh see corruption. 32 THIS JESUS God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, HE poured out this which you now see and hear. 34 “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: ‘THE LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, 35 Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” ’ 36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made THIS JESUS, whom you crucified, both LORD AND CHRIST.

  1. His Preaching was EXPLANATORY
  2. His Preaching was EXALTING JESUS

JOHN 5:39 (NKJV)
You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.

ACTS 2:23 (NKJV)
23 HIM, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;

ACTS 2:36 (NKJV)
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made THIS JESUS, WHOM YOU CRUCIFIED, both LORD AND CHRIST.

HEBREWS 10:7 (NKJV)
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come— In the volume of the book it is written of Me— To do Your will, O God.’ ”

  1. His Preaching was EXPLANATORY
  2. His Preaching was EXALTING JESUS
  3. His Preaching was in EXPECTATION of a RESPONSE

ACTS 2:37-41 (NKJV)
37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” 38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” 40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.

Metanoeo: to change your mind, your way, the way you think and do, the direction in which you go; to turn.


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