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Ephesians 6:14b: Justification and the Breastplate of Righteousness

Outline Interpreting accusations Interpreting circumstances Introduction At different times, with different audiences I have had to adjust how I have preached the gospel. When I was involved in high school ministry I usually started with my testimony sharing something of my background to gain come common ground with the kids and then move towards the gospel usually stating evidences for Christianity. When I did street evangelism I would encounter those who had no knowledge of Christianity and so not only have to preach Christ as Saviour but God as Creator as well covering the story line of the bible....


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Ephesians 6:14b: Sanctification and the Breastplate of Righteousness

Outline Counterfeit holiness True holiness Introduction Western Christianity, of which we are a part, can best be described by Christ’s words to the churches of Sardis and Laodicea, Rev. 3:1b-5, ‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not...


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Ephesians 6:14a: The Belt of Truth

Outline Worldview Doctrine Introduction The belt of truth that the Christian is to employ in order to stand against the devil and his schemes is under attack. In particular it is under attack from two fronts, both from within the church and from without. The two main attacks against the truth we are up against are the experience based approach to truth within the church, and the postmodern scepticism of 21st century Western culture. The experiential approach to truth has an interesting history as it has been influenced by Liberalism and Pentecostalism. Since the time of the Enlightenment many...


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Ephesians 6:12-13: Wrestling against the spiritual forces of evil

Outline What we are up against How we are to react Introduction What are the real problems in the world, who are the real enemies, and how are we to respond? If we ask this question in the world today we will get answers very different to what the bible says. Having listened to many Atheist versus Christian debates recently many atheists would say that religion is the cause of most of our wars, fundamentalist ideology is the enemy and a war on faith and the secularising of society is the necessary preventative. Others who have a more compassionate...


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Ephesians 6:11: The purpose of Spiritual Warfare

Outline The devil His schemes Introduction Satan, the devil, Lucifer, Beelzebub, Belial, the serpent, dragon, strongman, adversary, angel of light, Apollyon, Abaddon, antichrist, wicked one, enemy, god of this age, father of lies, prince of the power of the air, roaring lion, ruler of this world, tempter. All of these names indicate that the bible teaches the existence of a real and personal enemy of God and His people that we most commonly call the Devil or Satan. 65% of Britons deny the devil exist while 17% are not sure. 57% of Americans believe the devil does exist. A...


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Ephesians 6:10-11a: The Imperatives of Spiritual Warfare

Outline Be strong in the Lord Put on the whole armour of God Introduction Every Christian is caught up in the most powerful struggle in all time and the universe. Every Christian is called to be prepared and to play their part in this battle. Paul writes His letter to the Ephesians not to a pastor like Timothy or Titus, nor to an individual like Philemon, but to the whole church in Ephesus. His words on spiritual warfare are addressed to everyone in the church, not merely a select few. He writes to mothers, fathers, children, workers not only...


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