This Sunday we will wrap up this sermon series by focusing our attention on prayer. Paul literally saved our best spiritual weapon for last. He says in verse 18, "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people." Many Christians have looked at prayer as a last ditch effort or, worse yet, have seen it as inactivity. But what we will discover on Sunday is that it is the most important activity in which we as believers can engage, and it is the number one activity that Satan hates. So join us Sunday as we look to prayer.
Paul encouraged Timothy, a young minister in the faith, to "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." This is great encouragement for us as well. Satan tried to manipulate God's Word, but in the midst of spiritual warfare, Jesus correctly and truthfully used God's Word to stop the enemy dead in his tracks. This Sunday, we will unpack how we can effectively and correctly use God's Word in the battles that we face.
Someone once said, “Salvation is the miracle of a moment; growth is the labor of a lifetime.” For those of you who are followers of Jesus, do you remember your miracle, the moment you gave your life to Christ? This Sunday, we will highlight God’s saving power and why it’s important for us to keep that miracle in the forefront of our minds.
This Sunday, we will unpack a curious piece of spiritual armor, the shield of faith. Unlike the armor we've discussed so far, this spiritual weapon is not worn on the body, but it is held onto and used to defend. Jesus used this armor along with the Word of God to resist Satan in Matthew 4. The faith that Jesus had in the scriptures stopped the attack and allowed Him to push Satan back. James 4:7 says, "So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." Faith in Christ is the weapon of resistance on the battlefield, and this Sunday we will talk about how we can hold tightly onto our faith.
Have you ever heard or used the phrase, "Good to go?" As a statement, it means that you are ready for the task ahead. As a question, it asks if you have all the tools, all the training, all the data you need to complete your mission. So are you "Good to Go?" As followers of Jesus, we are called to be on mission to reach the one that is lost. What we will discover this Sunday is that the Holy Spirit has supplied all of our needs. We have the shoes of the readiness of the Gospel . . . you and I are "Good to Go!"
This Sunday, we will continue to focus on gearing up for the spiritual battle that we face. Paul says in Ephesians 6:14, " Stand firm then . . . with the breastplate of righteousness in place." There is no doubt that righteous living guards our hearts from the impact of sin. We will discuss how to avoid the traps and snares of temptation and sin that can lead to spiritual death. Join us this Sunday as we highlight the importance of righteousness in our lives.
Jesus warned us in John 10 that there is a very real spiritual enemy who comes to "steal, kill, and destroy." Jesus warned the Apostle Peter that Satan was preparing to launch an all-out spiritual assault on him. The spiritual battle is real, Jesus talked about it, and in Ephesians 6, Paul points out how we can gear up for the spiritual attacks of the enemy. Over the next few weeks, we will unpack the gear, the armor, that the Lord has put at our disposal so that we might be ready for the battle ahead.