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Warriors Suit Up with Heavenly Armor: Ephesians 6:10-18 – P1

Warriors Suit Up with Heavenly Armor: Ephesians 6:10-18 - P1

Warriors Suit Up with Heavenly Armor: Ephesians 6:10-18 - P1 We our going to be studying the subject of spiritual warfare. Our study is very comprehensive and will require a few sessions. Our text is the very well known pericope from the sixth chapter of Ephesians. Ephesians 6:10-18. Here is an outline that we will be working from. May this study help us with our battle-plan against our adversary.

I) The Warrior’s Authority, vs. 10
II) The Warrior’s Admonition, vs. 11, 13
      A) Suiting up to stand against the evil devices, vs. 11
      B) Suiting up to stand against the evil day, vs. 13
III) The Warrior’s Adversaries, vs. 12
      A) The adversaries are not physical, vs. 12a
      B) The adversaries are not visible, vs. 12b-e
         1) The adversaries of principalities, 12b
         2) The adversaries of powers, vs. 12c
         3) The adversaries of princes of darkness, vs. 12d
         4) The adversaries of platoons of wickedness, vs. 12e
IV) The Warrior’s Armor, vs. 14-17
      A) The armor of the belt of truth, vs. 14a
      B) The armor of the breastplate of righteousness, vs. 14b
      C) The armor of the shoes of readiness, vs. 15
      D) The armor of the shield of faith, vs. 16
      E) The armor of the helmet of salvation, vs. 17a
      F) The armor of the sword of the Spirit, vs. 17b
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Jesus, our Shepherd provides us with everything we need.

Our Shepherd Provides Us Everything We Need – Psalm 23-Part 2

Our Shepherd Provides Us Everything We Need – Psalm 23-Part 2

Our Shepherd Provides Us Everything We Need – Psalm 23-Part 2 We are looking at one of the most popular Psalms in all the Bible. Here is part two of a two part series from a message I was honored to deliver to the good saints at Harbor Baptist Church. We couldn't ask for any better of a Shepherd than the one true Shepherd-the Lord Jesus Christ!

Let's begin where we left off from part one. The fourth reason we believers shall not want is found in verse four where my Shepherd provides me with His presence: I have a companion when the way is lonely. Vs. 4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

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A House Faith Pleases God | Hebrews 11:1-6 Part 3

A House Faith Pleases God | Hebrews 11:1-6 Part 3

A House Faith Pleases God | Hebrews 11:1-6 Part 3

A House Faith Pleases God | Hebrews 11: 1-6 Part 3 This is part three of a three-part study from my message entitled "A House Faith That Pleases God | Hebrews 11: 1-6. I hope it will be a blessing to you and encourage you with your walk with Jesus our Lord. :0) Let's pick up where we left off last time.

Here is the outline we are working from.

A House Faith Pleases God | Hebrews 11:1-6 Part 3

 

I) The Description of Pleasing Faith, vs. 1

A) Faith is being confident in the things we hope for, 1a

B) Faith is being convinced of the things we cannot see, vs. 1b

II) The Demonstrations of Pleasing Faith, vs. 2-5

A) The commendation of the saints, vs. 2

B) The creation of the Universe, vs. 3

C) The contribution of Abel, vs. 4

D) The companionship of Enoch, vs. 5

III) The Demands of Pleasing Faith, vs. 6

A) We are to have faith that pleases, Vs. 6a

B) We are to have faith that presumes, vs. 6b

C) We are to have faith that pursues, vs. 6c

 

Let’s review for a moment before moving on to the next floor of our house of pleasing faith: faith that pleases God. We looked at a description of faith where we understood that faith is being confident of the things hoped for and having a conviction of the things we cannot see.

We then climbed the stairs up to another level of truth where we just finished with witnessing four demonstrations of pleasing faith on the main floor. The examples of the commendation of the saints, the creation of the Universe; the contribution of Abel and then the companionship of Enoch. Now let’s see what’s on the third and final floor of our house of faith where we will see the demands of faith. First floor, the description of pleasing faith, secondly, the demonstrations of pleasing faith, and now, thirdly, the demands of a faith that pleases our heavenly Father.

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A House Faith Pleases God | Hebrews 11:1-6 Part 3

A House Faith That Pleases God | Hebrews 11: 1-6 Part 2

A House Faith That Pleases God | Hebrews 11: 1-6 Part 2

This is part two of a three-part study from my message entitled "A House Faith That Pleases God | Hebrews 11: 1-6. I hope it will be a blessing to you and encourage you with your walk with Jesus our Lord. :0) Let's pick up where we left off last time.

Here is the outline we are working from.

A House of Faith That Pleases God. Heb. 11: 1-6

 

I) The Description of Pleasing Faith, vs. 1

A) Faith is being confident in the things we hope for, 1a

B) Faith is being convinced of the things we cannot see, vs. 1b

II) The Demonstrations of Pleasing Faith, vs. 2-5

A) The commendation of the saints, vs. 2

B) The creation of the Universe, vs. 3

C) The contribution of Abel, vs. 4

D) The companionship of Enoch, vs. 5

III) The Demands of Pleasing Faith, vs. 6

A) We are to have faith that pleases, Vs. 6a

B) We are to have faith that presumes, vs. 6b

C) We are to have faith that pursues, vs. 6c

 

Faith is being confident in the things we hope for and is being convinced of the things we cannot see: the two aspects of the writer’s description of faith that pleases God. The two main materials in the foundation of our house of faith. Now we are going to see what he has to say about the demonstrations of faith in verses two through five. He gives us four demonstrations or examples of the kind of faith that please God!

II) The Demonstrations of Pleasing Faith, vs. 2-5

Let’s climb the stairs to the main floor where we will see firstly, the demonstration of the commendation of the saints. Verse two: “For by it (faith) the elders obtained a good testimony.”

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A House Faith Pleases God | Hebrews 11:1-6 Part 3

A House Faith That Pleases God | Hebrews 11: 1-6 Part 1

A House Faith That Pleases God | Hebrews 11: 1-6

This is part one of a three-part study from my message entitled "A House Faith That Pleases God | Hebrews 11: 1-6. I hope it will be a blessing to you and encourage you with your walk with Jesus our Lord. :0)

Here is the outline we are working from.

A House of Faith That Pleases God. Heb. 11: 1-6

 

I) The Description of Pleasing Faith, vs. 1

A) Faith is being confident in the things we hope for, 1a

B) Faith is being convinced of the things we cannot see, vs. 1b

II) The Demonstrations of Pleasing Faith, vs. 2-5

A) The commendation of the saints, vs. 2

B) The creation of the Universe, vs. 3

C) The contribution of Abel, vs. 4

D) The companionship of Enoch, vs. 5

III) The Demands of Pleasing Faith, vs. 6

A) We are to have faith that pleases, Vs. 6a

B) We are to have faith that presumes, vs. 6b

C) We are to have faith that pursues, vs. 6c

There is a well-known story concerning J.C. Penny, the founder of the modern-day retail stores named after him. Mr. Penny had a great compassion for the men and women who served in the ministry. Whenever he was traveling about, wherever he was on the Lord’s Day, he would go to the nearest local church.

One Sunday he was in a small country town and after the worship service, the pastor of the little underfunded church asked Mr. Penny for lunch at his home. Mr. Penny could see that the church was in desperate need of funds as it was in disarrayed of sorts. And it was obvious that the pastor’s family was operating on a not so well funded budget.

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Scriptures Are Profitable for Doctrine

Care to Convert | James 5: 19-20 part 2

Care to Convert | James 5: 19-20 part 2

Care to Convert - James 5: 19-20 -  Outline

I) A Statement that Presupposes Someone Needing Converting, vs. 19

A) A Statement concerning the carnal Christian, vs. 19a

B) A Statement concerning the caring Christian, vs. 19b

II) A Statement that Promises Something to the Converted. vs. 20

A) The promise of the caring Christian saving a soul from future death, vs. 20a

B) The promise of the caring Christian saving a soul from future deeds, vs. 20b

Care to Convert | James 5: 19-20 part 2

This is the second and final part from my message entitled "Care to Convert." We'll pick up right where we left off last time.

James introduces his thought concerning the carnal Christian. And he then mentions the caring Christian. Look at verse 19 nineteen again. “Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back...” (emphasis mine). That someone is a believer who cared to convert. “someone should bring that person back” (NIV). “someone turns him back” (HCSB).[1] Or “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him... (KJV). The caring Christian is the one who will take the time, love and effort to convert the carnal Christian and turn him back or bring her back into the fold. Caring to convert.

Turn back or convert: epistréphō, ep-ee-stref'-o: the verb means to turn around, to turn back one who no longer cares. The verb is very intense in the significance of the caring Christian imposing upon the carnal believer to convert, to come back to his love, . . .  to her obedience to God. Care to convert. Care to Convert | James 5: 19-20 part 2
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Scriptures Are Profitable for Doctrine

Care to Convert | James 5: 19-20 part 1

Care to Convert | James 5: 19-20 part 1

Care to Convert - James 5: 19-20 -  Outline

I) A Statement that Presupposes Someone Needing Converting, vs. 19

A) A Statement concerning the carnal Christian, vs. 19a

B) A Statement concerning the caring Christian, vs. 19b

II) A Statement that Promises Something to the Converted. vs. 20

A) The promise of the caring Christian saving a soul from future death, vs. 20a

B) The promise of the caring Christian saving a soul from future deeds, vs. 20b

Care to Convert | James 5: 19-20 part 1

We have come to the end of the lessons from James, the half-brother of our Lord-Jesus Christ. James has taught us many lessons throughout his book, affectionately called religion in shoes. Many bible teachers refer to the book of James this way due to the practicality of his teachings. “James the just” had a practical down to earth view of how to live as a Christian.

He has taught many such lessons to his audience which from verse one we learned was to the scattered Jewish Christians, the diaspora-the dispersion, that he addressed. His teachings were concerning their behavior, or lack thereof in the church. He had to correct their shameless attitudes and their sinful actions throughout his letter. Right out of the gate he has to address their incorrect view of trials and temptations in chapter one. Continue reading