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FaithPoint Men, please do not forget that this Sunday at 9:00 am, we will be discussing chapter 4 of the Dude’s Guide to Manhood.

Also, our Wednesday gathering will start back up tomorrow at the normal time. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:

The text for this sermon is 1 Peter 5:8-9 and 1 Samuel 14:6-15. The title for this sermon is Killing the Lion.

Too many Christians are passive. They won’t advance the gospel. They won’t get angry over injustice. They are not going to say anything when they hear a false gospel being propagated or speak out against the false teaching. They are not going to challenge the system or rock the boat.

Here is a problem: The enemy is not passive.

These passive Christians call themselves peacemakers. They will even quote Matthew 5:9. However, their idea of peacemaker is way off. They think that if they don’t make anyone mad – they are keeping the peace.

Their idea of peacemaking is more like being a referee. If they can keep kids from fighting or two people from having a heated debate, they are peacemakers.

That is not what the Bible says a peacemaker looks like.

Ephesians 6

A peacemaker looks like a soldier.

  • belt
  • breastplate
  • shoes
  • shield
  • helmet
  • sword

This person is dressed for war. How can they be a peacemaker?

We have to change our thinking about peace. In the Bible, peacemakers are not people who promote worldly peace. They promote only the peace that comes from Jesus. Ephesians 6:15

Peacemakers share the gospel. They are disciples. They are missionaries. They are conquerors. They are actively advancing the gospel.

1 Peter 5:8-9

Your enemy is a lion that is seeking someone to devour. He is not cute and cuddly.

John 10:10

This is what lions do – steal, kill, and destroy.

Christians have got to stop being reactive. They wait for the enemy to strike and then they think about doing something about it.

This is crazy. How many more casualties does there have to be for Christians to pick up their sword and slice their enemy in half?

Casualties?

  • how many more men will walk away from their families
  • how many more women are going to believe that their identity and security is found anywhere but Jesus
  • how many more teenagers are going to grow up addicted to sex, drugs, alcohol because their parents did not teach them self control.
  • how long does porn have to wreck marriages
  • how many more marriages have to end in divorce
  • how many more pastors have to leave the ministry because of a moral failure

how many more casualties does there have to be for us to get provoked in our soul that these things are not right and go do something about it?

You have to know your enemy.

  • thief
  • liar
  • deceiver
  • masquerades around like an angel of light

He uses the same techniques and strategies as he did in the garden of Eden. Why?

Because they are effective.

How do you kill a lion?

1 Chronicles 11:22-23

You have to kill the lion before he has the chance to kill you.

Conquerors do not hold their position. They advance as much as possible. They take the fight to the enemy. They do their best to not be reactive. If the enemy attacks first, then conquerors retaliate. The enemy is hostile. The enemy does not show mercy. Treat your enemy with extreme prejudice.

1 Samuel 14:6-15

I am not as concerned with getting you in the Bible as much as I am getting the Bible in you.

 

When the Bible is in you, you become a strategic, gospel-centered weapon against the powers and principalities of darkness.

How do we keep more people from becoming casualties?

The gospel.

You are a peacemaker? – Share the gospel.

You are a missionary? – Share the gospel.

You are a disciple? – Share the gospel.

You are a conqueror? – Share the gospel.

We are on this journey together.

We all have to engage the enemy and fight.

We do not walk alone.

Jesus is with us.