October 30, 2016
Sermon Notes for October 30, 2016
+Today’s Sermon: “Follow Jesus and Take the Sword of the Spirit”
+ Introduction / Question: “How am I to follow Jesus and take the sword of the Spirit?”
“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…” (Ephesians 6:13 - 17)
+ Sermon points:
- Ask yourself: “Am I willing to be convicted (experience spiritual surgery) through God’s Word?”
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of the spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
- Ask yourself: “Am I willing to apply God’s Word in my life to receive eternal life?”
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment but has passed (crossed over) from death to life” (John 5:24)
- Ask yourself: “Am I willing to take God’s Word to my family, friends and others so they may believe Jesus is their Lord and Savior too?”
“I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
+Conclusion / Question:
“How am I to follow Jesus and take the sword of the Spirit?”
(Sermon Notes prepared by Pastor Warren A. Reichert for Grace Lutheran Church, Eaton, Ohio, October 30, 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 taking God’s Word to heart 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.")