October 23, 2016
Sermon Notes for October 23, 2016
+Today’s Sermon: “Follow Jesus and Take the Helmet of Salvation”
+ Introduction / Question: “How am I to follow Jesus and take the helmet of salvation?”
“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…” (Ephesians 6:13 - 17)
+ Sermon points:
- Ask yourself: “Is it enough for me to know about Jesus for my eternal salvation?”
“You shall reach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
(Deuteronomy 6:7 - 8)
- Ask yourself: “Am I willing to apply God’s Word in my life to receive eternal life?”
“And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, ‘Teacher what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 10:25)
- Ask yourself: “Am I willing to take the helmet of salvation, living with a transformed mind so that my family, friends and others may believe Jesus is their Lord and Savior too?”
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
+Conclusion / Question:
“How am I to follow Jesus and take the helmet of salvation?”
(Sermon Notes prepared by Pastor Warren A. Reichert for Grace Lutheran Church, Eaton, Ohio, October 23, 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 living with a transformed mind following 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.")