Put on the Whole Armor of God (Part 2)

In our moment by moment struggle (warfare) against our powerful adversaries (the world, the flesh, and the Devil), God has called us to stand firm, trusting in the great Captain of our salvation, our Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 2:10). Furthermore, He has promised to be always with us and has provided all that we need, including a complete set of armor. He commands us to use it for our own good and His glory. Here are three main points of a sermon from Ephesians 6:16-17 that further expands upon this truth.

  1. Shield of Faith – Identify it and it’s usefulness and Put it on
  2. Helmet of Salvation –  Identify it and Put it on
  3.  Sword of the Spirit – Identify it and Put it on

Put on the Whole Armor of God (Part 1)

In our moment by moment struggle (warfare) against our powerful adversaries (the world, the flesh, and the Devil), God has called us to stand firm, trusting in the great Captain of our salvation, our Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 2:10). Furthermore, He has promised to be always with us and has provided all that we need, including a complete set of armor. He commands us to use it for our own good and His glory. Here are three main points of a sermon from Ephesians 6:14-15 that further expands upon this truth.

  1. Belt of Truth –  Identify it and Put it on
  2. Breastplate of Righteousness – Identify it and Put it on
  3. Gospel Shoes – Identify it and Put it on

A Call to Arms

The Apostle Paul sounds the trumpet blast of warning that we are at war. We face many enemies, including those who we cannot see and yet are far stronger than we can imagine. It is critical for our survival that we are aware and that we prepare for battle. Here are three main points of a sermon from Ephesians 6:1-13 that further expands upon this truth.

  1. Prepare (v. 10-11a)
  2. Beware (v. 11b-12)
  3. Take up and Stand (v. 13)

Serving the Lord Jesus Christ

In the late 1970’s, Bob Dylan sang “You’re gonna have to serve somebody. Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord.” He was right, serving someone is inescapable. What matters is who, why, and how you serve. Your identity and destiny are tied to the one you serve. So who do you consciously serve and why do you do it? Here are three main points of a sermon from Ephesians 6:5-9 that further expands upon this truth.

  1. Remember who you are working for
  2. Remember why you are here in the first place
  3. Remember what is required of stewards (managers)

Honor your Father and Mother, it will be good for you

God has chosen to reveal Himself and His care for us first through our earthly mothers and fathers and by extension through other God-ordained authorities. Through them He challenges us to obey Him and to teach us how to show Him the respect He deserves. And even better, He provides many positive incentives to motivate and encourage us to hear and receive, trust and obey.  Here are three main points of a sermon from Ephesians 6:1-4 that further expands upon this truth.

  1. Who is it that I am supposed to honor?
  2. “Live Long and Prosper” or “Die Young and Miserable”
  3. How? Through Obedience, Honor, and Gratitude

The Mystery of Christ and His Church

Jesus revealed the greatest love ever by laying down His life for us (John 15:13). He also revealed the greatest submission ever when He came down from heaven not to do His own will, but the will of the One who sent Him (John 6:38). We rejoice in the wonderful fruits of that loving submission to God the Father which includes our eternal salvation and relationship with God. How can you express your appreciation for this great love and service of Christ? By loving and serving Him and the ones that He has placed in your life. Here are the three main points of the sermon from Ephesians 5:21-33 that further expands upon this truth.

  1. Deny Yourself
  2. Submit to Christ
  3. Love One Another

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life

The life and teaching of Jesus Christ has challenged mankind for centuries and changed the course of history. In the same way, our knowledge of Him significantly affects us as well, not only in this life, but in the life to come. Here are the three main points of the sermon from John 14:6 that further expands upon this truth.

  1. Who He is
  2. What He does
  3. What should we then do?

Walking in the Fear of the Lord

As those who trust in Christ alone for salvation, we are called to walk worthy of what He has done for us. In contrast to the rebellious world, we are called to walk accurately (Ephesians 5:15) according to God’s will revealed through His holy Word. This is accomplished under the controlling influence of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) which leads to growth in wisdom and knowledge, joy and thanksgiving from the heart, and mutual edification and service (ministry). Here are the three main points of the sermon from Ephesians 5:21 that further expands upon this truth.

  1. Because of who He is
  2. Because of who we are in Him
  3. How is it reflected in our daily lives?

Walking in the Spirit

Jesus Christ is the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24, 30) and in wisdom He has provided for us all things necessary for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). This includes wisdom from above (James 3:17-18) and the ever present and active Holy Spirit of God. Our salvation from sin and death is His gracious work, so also our being changed from glory to glory into the image of Christ. How should we say thank you? By walking in reliance and submission to Him. Here are the three main points of the sermon from Ephesians 5:17-21 that further expands upon this truth.

  1. Not as fools but as wise sons and daughters of the King
  2. Under the controlling influence of the Holy Spirit
  3. Exhibiting the fruit of the Holy Spirit

Walking as Children of Light

Jesus Christ is the light that shines in the darkness of this world, and that darkness does not comprehend or overcome Him (John 1:5). Praise God the Father that through His infinite love and mercy He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love (Colossians 1:13). Let us therefore walk worthy of our calling as children of light in the light of the His Word and Spirit. Here are the three main points of the sermon from Ephesians 5:8-17 that further expands upon this truth.

  1. By having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness
  2. Through the abiding, active work of the Holy Spirit
  3. Through the wisdom of the Lord