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Three Functions of the Word of God

Every time I stand up to preach, I have the privilege of watching God’s living word accomplish dynamic things in the lives of people. In 1 Thessalonians, Paul spells out three distinct functions that the Word of God performs in our lives…

As you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father does his children.
~ 1 Thessalonians 2:11

Now watch this…

To “exhort” is to BUILD UP people.

To “comfort” is to HOLD UP people.

To “charge” is to FIRE UP people.

I don’t know about you, but I need all three of those in my life every single day I need to be built up because I crumble on my own. So Word of God… exhort me. I need to be held up because I falter on my own, so Word of God… comfort me. I need to be fired up because I flicker out on my own. So Word of God… charge me.

And every time I preach, counsel, advise, or encourage, let me do these three things in the lives of others.


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  • http://danielcberman.com Daniel Berman

    Amen! With all the advertising out there trying to get people to do this and that – it all comes back to back to Biblical principles of guiding people into deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.
    .-= Daniel Berman´s last blog ..Barbarian Community =-.

    • Brandon

      Yep. It’s almost like God wrote it or something!

  • david hayola

    yeah!the word of God is the light of my life.

  • http://facebook.com david hayola

    when we put our trust in lord,it’s amazing what he will do just to save us!