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  • The Sword of the Spirit

    Good Afternoon!

     

    The “Sword of the Spirit” is what we’ll be talking about this coming Sunday and we are excited for this great finale to our FIGHT OF YOUR LIFE Series.

     

    The one piece of our Spiritual Armor, described by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians Chapter Six,, that is an actual weapon is this “sword” which is the Word of God. With God’s Word (The Bible) our Lord has given us an incredibly effective way to resist and combat any and all efforts of Satan and his angels.

     

    So be sure to come this Sunday morning at 10:45 as we dig deeper into this subject. Go find your own personal “sword” and bring it with you to church this Sunday. You’ll be glad that you did…

     

    May God Bless You All,

     

    Craig

    1. The Helmet and the Sword

      Pastor Craig taught last week about the “Helmet of Salvation." He will conclude the current sermon series with a message about the “Sword of the Spirit.” 


      I explained in a previous blog post* that the armor is not just something God gives us, but it’s the armor that he wears too (Isaiah 59:17). Ephesians 6:17 starts a whole new sentence with a verb. The shift is noticeable. Before this, we are told to put on the armor. Instead of asking its audience to put something on, Ephesians 6:17 opens by encouraging its audience to “receive” the helmet and sword. 

      God’s word is the only weapon he needs to defend himself (See Hosea 6:5; Isaiah 11:4; Revelation 1:16; 19:11), and it’s all that we need too. Jesus used the sword. He used it to defend himself from temptation (Matthew 4:1–11; Luke 4:1–13). 


      How can we use the Word as a weapon, like Jesus? I suggest that the Word protects and supports our spiritual, emotional, and cognitive life. Jesus was able to resist the adversary by relying on God’s Word. He quoted it. He recited it. He spoke it. I also believe that the Word gives life (1 Peter 1:23). Whenever we preach the gospel, we are spreading the message of new life. Whenever we preach the gospel, we are exposing the darkness. This helps people to see their relationship with God.


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      *https://sccib.com/blogs/2009423--shoes-of-peace

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        October 13, 2019
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        1. The Helmet of Salvation

          This Sunday we continue our FIGHT OF YOUR LIFE SERIES with The Helmet of Salvation and I am looking forward to sharing with you some thoughts from God’s Word on this subject!

           

          I remember something that a good friend of mine once said with regard to the question of wearing a helmet while riding what was then called “ATC’s” or Off-Road-Vehicles out in the desert to the East of San Diego.

           

          Bobby said this:

           

          “If you have nothing to protect, then don’t wear a helmet! If you got a $5.00 brain then get yourself a $5.00 helmet. I’m going to get the best helmet I can get… because I think I have something to protect!”

           

          Jesus paid the price for an extremely expensive helmet for all of us who know Him as Savior! It’s called the Helmet of Salvation and Jesus purchased it with His own blood.

           

          This Helmet of Salvation declares that we all are New Creations! We now belong to the Lord and our old lives are dead and gone! This helmet protects our heads from the cares, habits and temptations of our old lives.

           

          We wear this Helmet of Salvation because we all have something very precious to protect. Is this Helmet on your head? I pray that it is…

           

          I’ll see you Sunday!

           

          Craig

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            October 6, 2019

            Our Girls ministry is about intentional outreach and Christian discipleship for girls. We want to see every girl moving toward a deep relationship with Jesus Christ. We seek to empower girls to realize their importance and potential in the kingdom of God. We seek a future where girls and leaders — through mentoring and discipleship — form lasting, life-changing friendships.

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