Hope that you are having a wonderful week. We just finished the third week in our Heroes series. I hope that you are enjoying our summer series.
Here are some announcements: Our Wednesday night gathering for this week is cancelled. We will resume the following Wednesday on July 1.
The Summer Showdown car show is July 4 and 5. Thank you to all who are participating by entering the car show, handing out bottled water and drinks, and face painting. We look forward to what God is going to do and I cannot wait to hear the stories that you will share about the conversations that you had.
FaithPoint Men: We will be meeting July 5 at 9:00 am to discuss the second chapter of Multiply. I cannot wait to see you there. It is going to be a great time of discussion.
Here are the notes from week 3 of our Heroes series:
The text for this sermon is Ephesians 6:10-20. The title of this sermon is: A Warrior Dressed By God.
I have always been fascinated with armor.
- Samurai armor
- Roman armor
- Spartan armor
- Medieval armor
- Iron Man’s armor
The military was so inspired by the Iron Man movies that they decided to design and put into production armor for the soldiers. You can search for designs on Google.
Armor works well when it functions as it was designed to do.
Armor is special clothing or a hard, outer covering that is designed to protect the person wearing it from weapons that would otherwise destroy them.
Armor works until a weapon comes along that renders the armor ineffective. When a better weapon comes along, a better armor is developed.
Iron Man is not easily defeated. He has armor that is designed for almost any combat situation. He has gone up against tanks, helicopters, super villains, and the Hulk. His armor is adaptable to any environment.
His armor has been scratched up, and damaged. When that happens, he goes and works on it until it works the way that he wants it to.
Iron Man is not successful just because of the armor. It is the person in the armor. Tony Stark. Tony knows his armor. He knows its capabilities and its limitations. He knows his weapons. He is very proficient.
You also have armor.
People who are not in battle have no need for armor.
God says that you are in battle. You are in a spiritual war.
10 You are to be strong. Paul sounds like Joshua here. God commanded us to be strong. Not strong in our own might. We are to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
11 Just like Iron Man’s armor is custom fit for Stark, God custom fits the armor to the wearer. One size does not fit all.
In 1 Samuel 17: David is preparing to fight Goliath. Saul takes David aside and dresses David in his armor. It doesn’t work. David has never worn this armor, he does not know its capabilities or its limitations. In fact, Saul is tall, David is not. Saul is built, David is not. The armor does not fit David. One size does not fit all.
12 We are introduced to the enemies. This is who we are fighting against. God took that into consideration when he designed your custom armor.
13 – 17 Too many people fall because they are not wearing their armor. They don’t wear their armor because they don’t believe they are in a battle. They don’t pick up their weapon because they don’t believe they need it.
Stop using the excuse that you are not getting fed. Here is the problem with that. You have multiple teachers that teach you the Bible. They are essentially teaching you how to use your weapon. If you never pick up your weapon apart from a teacher teaching you to use it, you will never become proficient in using the weapon. When you feed yourself, you pick up the Bible and read it yourself, you are learning how to properly handle your weapon.
Yes. God will fight your battles for you. However, you have to be holding the weapon.
David held the sling.
Paul walks us through the armor that we have to show us that God has perfectly equipped us for the battles that we will face.
If you are ever in a situation where you believe that the armor or the weapon has failed, it is not God’s fault. God does not design crap. The armor and the weapon does not fail because of a design flaw. If it fails it is only due to user error.
Paul lists out the pieces of armor so that you understand all that you have been equipped with.
- The belt of truth: Protects your core. Jesus is truth. The belt comes from the right belief system. Knowing truth. The right doctrine and theology. Truth is your foundation. If you start speaking or believing lies, your foundation is cracked and your core is damaged. If you take a bullet to the core and it shakes you, you were wearing the wrong belt.
- The breastplate of righteousness: Protects your heart. Jeremiah said that the heart was evil and wicked. Jesus said that a person is defiled by what comes out of their heart. The breastplate is helping you become everything that you were created to be in Jesus. As long as you hunger and thirst for righteousness, your breastplate stays intact. You start seeking something other than Jesus and you remove the protection from your heart.
- The shoes: The readiness given by the gospel of peace. Peter said that we should always be ready to give a defense of the hope that is in you. Jesus gave us the mission. You cannot be on mission and not be in the war. As long as you are focused on the mission, you are in a battle. Why? The reason you have armor is to protect you from the attacks by your enemies. As long as you are on mission, you are considered a threat and they unleash attacks on you. If you are not focused on the mission, you are not a threat. You can just take your sword and armor go lay it down and die.
The Bible says that the love of Christ compels us. If we are not compelled to share the gospel and make disciples, we need to reevaluate whether or not we truly love God and truly love others.
- The shield of faith: This is the only part of the armor that can change size. The shield grows as your faith grows. The Bible says that God gives you the faith that you need. If you are comfortable with going to church on Sunday, listening to the Bible and singing some songs and not doing anything with it, you don’t need much faith because you are not living a life that requires any. Here is how you grow your shield: You believe everything that the Bible says about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the church and you. You will share the gospel and make disciples regardless of the cost because you know that God is all-Sovereign, all-Sufficient, all-Powerful and he is the Creator of the Universe. He has given you everything that you need to do what he has called you to do. You just have to do it. He will sustain you. He is your rock, your fortress, your strong tower. The price of your salvation demands total obedience. The more obedient you are, the more spiritually mature you are. Mature christians have the biggest shields. Why? They have been through a lot of battles.
- The helmet of salvation: Paul lists this one last on purpose. None of the other parts of the armor work apart from the helmet. You cannot function properly in battle apart from the helmet. In fact, you cannot get any of the other pieces of the armor until you put on the helmet. The helmet is proof that you are being conformed into the image of Christ. The helmet protects your mind. You are to love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind. You are also called to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. This is where most people don’t want to be changed. They don’t want God to touch how they think. The Bible equates stubborn people to being fools. Proverbs says that a fool hates correction and reproof (Proverbs 12:1). The fool has no desire to change (Proverbs 12:15). The only way to prove that you are not stubborn is by having a teachable spirit. A teachable spirit understands that this is more than just accumulating knowledge. It is about applying and living out what you know. There is a difference between knowing about Jesus and knowing Jesus.
- The sword of the Spirit: The Bible is the only offensive weapon that you have. The most effective warriors are those who make it look like that their weapon is a part of them. They are an expert at rightly handling their weapon. They know it inside out, frontwards and backwards. It is always with them. It never leaves them. Remember, that you can ask the Holy Spirit to teach you, incline your heart and make you understand. The best way for you to learn your weapon is to pick it up and use it.
We close today with the blessing that Paul leaves with the church at Ephesus.
Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus with love incorruptible.
I LOVE OUR CHURCH!
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