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September 25, 2016

 

Sermon Notes for September 25, 2016          

+Today’s Sermon: “Following Jesus and Put On the Breastplate of Righteousness” 

+ Introduction / Question:  

       “How am I to follow Jesus and put on the breastplate of righteousness?”

      “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….”                (Ephesians 6:13 - 14)

+ Sermon points:

  1. Ask yourself: “Do I fear (revere) God and not withhold anything to live a righteous faith?”

“But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’

And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.’”

                                                                        (Genesis 22:11 - 12)   

                        

  1. Ask yourself: “Am I willing to grow in righteous faith, fully convinced that God is able to do what He promises?”

“No unbelief made him (Abraham) waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised. That is why his faith was counted to him as righteous.’”                                                                         (Romans 4:20 - 22)

  1. Ask yourself: “Am I willing to count on Jesus, my Lord and Savior, to be my righteous to guard me in this evil day and one day enter heaven with Him?”

“For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” 

                                       (Matthew 6:20) 

Conclusion/ Question:  

“How am I to follow Jesus and put on the breastplate of righteousness?”

 (Sermon Notes prepared by Pastor Warren A. Reichert for Grace Lutheran Church, Eaton, Ohio, September 25, 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, to have a righteous faith in Jesus in this evil day (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.")