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October 2, 2016

Sermon Notes for October 2, 2016          

+Today’s Sermon: “Following Jesus and Put On the Shoes of the Gospel of Peace” 

+ Introduction / Question:  

       “How am I to follow Jesus and put on the shoes of the Gospel of peace?”

      “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.”                (Ephesians 6:13 - 15)

+ Sermon points:

  1. Ask yourself: “Am I willing to admit that I have lived “far off” from God?”

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility…”

                                                                        (Ephesians 2:13 - 14)   

                        

  1. Ask yourself: “Am I willing to believe Jesus’ death and resurrection gives me everlasting peace with God the Father?”

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You have heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so when it does take place you may believe.”                                                                             (John 14:27 - 29)

  1. Ask yourself: “Am I ready to take Jesus’ Gospel of peace to my family, friends and others so they believe in Him and receive forgiveness of sins through His Name?”

“…everyone who believes in Him receives forgives of sins through His Name.” 

                                       (Acts 10:43) 

Conclusion/ Question:  

“How am I to follow Jesus and put on the shoes of the Gospel of peace?”

 (Sermon Notes prepared by Pastor Warren A. Reichert for Grace Lutheran Church, Eaton, Ohio, October 2, 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 Jesus?

 

 

 

 

  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.")