October 16, 2016

October 16, 2016

Sermon Notes for October 16, 2016          

+Today’s Sermon: “Follow Jesus and Take Up the Shield of Faith” 

+ Introduction / Question:  

       “How am I to follow Jesus and take up the shield of faith?”

      “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… ”   (Ephesians 6:13 - 16)

+ Sermon points:

  1. Ask yourself: “Do I, in all circumstances, take up the shield of faith against the enemy?”

“’For the Lord and for Gideon.’”                                                                                                                                      (Judges 7:18)   


  1. Ask yourself: “Do I desire a place in heaven through the Jesus’ death and resurrection?”

“But as it is, they desired a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city.”                                                                                                            (Hebrews 11:16)

  1. Ask yourself: “Do I take up the shield of faith as I go to my family, friends and others with the good news that Jesus is the only way to heaven for them too?”

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” 

                                                   (John 14:6) 

Conclusion/ Question:  

“How am I to follow Jesus and take up the shield of faith?”

 (Sermon Notes prepared by Pastor Warren A. Reichert for Grace Lutheran Church, Eaton, Ohio, October 16, 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:

  1. What is one main thought, key insight or truth I gained from this passage?




  1. What does this thought, insight or truth say about taking up the shield of faith against the enemy’s attacks in my life?





  1. 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.")