Sermon Archive

Ephesians 6:17: The Armour of God: Part Four

The truth of God is something that informs every part of the armour of God. The truth of God is our belt that makes us ready for war; the truth of the gospel righteousness we have protects our hearts; the truth of the gospel gives us peace and makes us ready to stand and run; the truth of God’s promises quench the fiery darts of the evil one. As we continue looking at the next two pieces of the armour we see that the truth of God informs them as well. Ephesians 6:17, ‘and take the helmet of salvation,...

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Ephesians 6:13-14: The Armour of God: Part One

Holy War means two different things depending on whether you are living in the OT or the NT. In the OT the armies of Israel were God’s rod of judgement putting on an end times display of what the final judgement will look like. The land, which represented the new creation was wiped clean of all idolaters. The Israelites were to take up literal sword and shield and apply the death that sin deserves to all sinners in the land. When anyone attacked God’s land or people, the armies of Israel had every confidence that God would bless their...

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Ephesians 5:18: Be Filled with the Spirit: Part Two

When I say ‘be filled with the Spirit,’ what comes to mind? You might think of power to do miracles, you might think of having a mystical experience, you might think of the Toronto Blessing. The problem with these conceptions and those like them is that they are extraordinary events that are reserved for the few where the command to be filled with the Spirit is something that is for all Christians to grasp. We continue then this week looking at what Paul means to be filled with the Spirit.

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