The Sound – Part Two

Pastors Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne

Publish date: 06/09/2024

Foundation Scripture:

Mark 16:20 


1. Sound from Heaven.

a. Acts 2:1-4 KJV –– And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

b. The early Church was empowered by the Holy Spirit.

c. There was a sound that came from Heaven.

d. That sound not only filled the room, but it filled the people.

e. The sound was not only contained amongst those people in that room.

f. It spilled out into the streets of Jerusalem.

g. That sound was not only the sound of the Holy Spirit, but also the sound of the Word of God.

h. The Word of God went out on the streets and the Gospel was proclaimed.


2. The Sound of the Gospel.

a. Romans 10:14 KJV –– How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 

b. The preaching of the Word is of vital importance, otherwise the sound cannot be heard.

c. This Word must come through a Holy Spirit empowered individual.

d. Otherwise, it will just be religious words and fall to the ground. 

e. It will not have any impact on society, whatsoever.

f. Mark 16:20 KJV –– And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

g. The signs and wonders follow and confirm the preaching of the Word of God.


3. The Sound Grows and Multiplies.

a. The preaching of the Word of God is what birthed and sustained the early Church.

b. Out of the 120, filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, flowed a mighty river that became 3000, and then 5000 (Acts 2:41; 4:4).

c. They were converted and became believers when the Gospel was preached to them.

d. Acts 6:7a KJV –– And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly…

e. They went out and preached everywhere and persecution was stirred up against them.

f. But still, the Word of God increased and so did the number of salvations.

g. Acts 12:24 KJV –– But the word of God grew and multiplied.


4. A New Sound.

a. Acts 19:1-7 KJV –– And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.        3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. 7 And all the men were about twelve.

b. Paul asked if they had received the Holy Ghost.

c. They replied that they had never heard of the Holy Ghost.

d. They had not yet heard His sound.

e. Paul preached, they were saved, and then they were baptized.

f. They had been baptized under John’s baptism, so the sound they’d heard was different.

g. But then a new sound came—it was the sound of Pentecost—and they were all filled.


5. The Sound That Prevails.

a. Acts 19:8-10 NKJV –– And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God. 9 But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. 10 And this continued for two years, so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.

b. As Paul consistently preached the Gospel, ALL of Asia heard the Word of Jesus Christ.

c. Jeremiah 23:29 KJV –– Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? 

d. The Word of God goes forth a like a purifying fire.

e. And like a hammer that breaks up the rocks holding people in bondage and captivity. 

f. Acts 19:20 KJV –– So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

g. The Word of God grew and spread and intensified and prevailed mightily.

h. If the Word is preached in power, it will prevail.


6. The Sound that Produces Healing and Miracles.

a. Matthew 9:35 KJV –– And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

b. Everywhere Jesus went, He preached the Word to the people, then He healed them (Matt. 4:23).

c. Luke 9:2 KJV –– And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

d. Luke 9:6 KJV –– And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.

e. Jesus sent His disciples out to preach the Word—and then heal, deliver, and set free. 

f. Acts 19:11-12 NKJV –– Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.

g. Paul preached in Ephesus every day for two years.

h. And God worked unusual miracles through his hands.