November 13, 2016
Sermon Notes for November 13, 2016
+Today’s Sermon: “Follow Jesus and Stand Ready”
+ Introduction / Question: “How am I to follow Jesus and stand ready against the enemy?”
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, having put on the breast plate of righteousness, and as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…” (Ephesians 6:13 - 18)
+ Sermon points:
- Ask yourself: “Am I ready to stand on God’s Word when the enemy tempts me to react in a hurtful way?”
“Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged;
behold, the Judge is standing at the door.” (James 5:9)
- Ask yourself: “Am I ready to stand on the love of Jesus facing persecution?”
“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that
you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.”
(Matthew 5:44 - 45)
- Ask yourself: “Am I ready to stand by not being overcome by evil but overcoming evil with good so my family, friends and others may believe Jesus is their Lord and Savior too?”
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
+Conclusion / Question:
“How am I to follow Jesus and stand ready against the enemy?”
(Sermon Notes prepared by Pastor Warren A. Reichert for Grace Lutheran Church, Eaton, Ohio, November 13, 2016)
How to pray? A plan to help you “follow”* God in prayer:
Set a time and place for your prayer time with God (Start slowly and add times until you pray each day.)
Read the Gospel or another Scripture Lesson from today’s worship (see the Sermon Notes to direct your prayer time). Begin your prayer time asking yourself:
- What is one main thought, key insight or truth I gained from this passage?
- What does this thought, insight or truth say about my standing ready to follow Jesus?
- Ask God to help you apply His Word to your life as you live and share the Gospel of peace in Jesus (Try praying: “Lord, I ask …” or “Lord, help me to…”).
Try writing your responses to the questions in a spiral notebook or composition notebook. Be gentle with yourself. Take your time with this new effort. Let the Word of God guide you following Christ. Look back over your first week, month, and so on, and see how the Lord is calling you to follow Him through His Word and with prayer.
(*Mark 1:17: ESV - “And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.")