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Ephesians || The Power of Faith || June 9, 2024


  1. THE SHIELD
  2. It was the first line of defense in the battle
  3. Several writers in the OT say that God is our shield 
  4. Psalm 18:30 (ESV): This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. 
  5. The shield protected the entire body
  6. This shield can extinguish ALL the flaming arrows of the evil one
  7. SOME OF YOU ARE IN THE MIDST OF THE ATTACK RIGHT NOW
  8. BUT REMEMBER, WE WILL BE STRONG IN THE LORD AND THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT!
  9. We do not fight this battle in our own strength nor alone.
  10. WE ARE PROTECTED BY OUR FAITH - THE SHIELD OF FAITH
  11. FAITH
  12. Faith occurs 243 times in the NT
  13. Hebrews 11:1 (ESV): Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 
  14. ASSURANCE: Faith says God will accomplish what He says He will accomplish rooted in the life, death and resurrection and ascension of Jesus.
  15. CONVICTION: Faith says there is more to come and we can trust that God will bring it to fruition
  16. FAITH IS NOT A FEELING
  17. FAITH IS A CHOICE despite our feelings and our circumstances 
  18. FAITH IS A GIFT
  19. Ephesians 2:8–9 (ESV)
  20. FAITH IS RECEIVED
  21. Romans 10:17 (ESV)
  22. FAITH COMES FROM HEARING THE WORD OF CHRIST
  23. FAITH IS NEGATIVELY AFFECTED AS WELL
  24. FAITH MUST BE TAKEN UP
  25. James 2:17 (ESV)
  26. James 1:3–4 (NLT)
  27. Exercise your FAITH
  28. Faith is a muscle that grows when it is taken up
  29. Building Muscle
  30. FAITH MUST BE PUT INTO PRACTICE
  31. DECLARE GOD’S WORD
  32. This is how Jesus fought against the evil one in the wilderness.
  33. AS IT IS WRITTEN
  34. FIGHT TOGETHER
  35. The shield of faith is created to fight together
  36. We have become ONE MAN
  37. Ephesians 2:14–16 (ESV)
  38. We need ONE ANOTHER
  39. FIX OUR EYES ON JESUS
  40. Hebrews 12:1–2 (ESV)
  41. Jesus is the One who Perfected - Completed what it looks like to live in Faith
  42. Jesus was victorious in His Faith
  43. 1 Corinthians 15:57 (ESV)
  44. We have victory in Jesus in this battle


Reflection/Application Questions:

  1. How do I currently use faith as a shield in my daily struggles?
  2. What doubts or fears can I surrender to God today to strengthen my shield of faith?
  3. Are there specific practices that weaken or strengthen my faith?
  4. How can I cultivate faith daily to keep my shield effective?
  5. In what ways have I experienced the protective power of faith in difficult times?
  6. How can sharing my struggles and victories help build the faith of others?
  7. What steps can I take to more fully embrace the faith that brings salvation?
  8. How does my faith influence my interactions and evangelism efforts?
  9. In what ways can I contribute to strengthening the communal shield of faith in my church or group?

Time of Response

Take a few minutes of silence. Allow your own thoughts to quiet and be still. Where does the Holy Spirit want you to decrease so that Christ could increase in your life? What part of your life, if reduced, would make more room for you to thrive spiritually?


QUESTIONS TO ASK WHILE READING SCRIPTURE


What does this reveal about God?

What does this reveal about you in relation to God?

What do you need to do about it?

The Covenant Prayer from John Wesley's Covenant Service, 1780 (adapted)

I am no longer my own, 

but Yours. 


Put me to what you will, 

rank me with whom you will. 


Put me to doing, 

put me to suffering. 


Let me be employed for You or laid aside for You, 

exalted for You or brought low for You. 


Let me be full, 

let me be empty. 


Let me have all things, 

let me have nothing. 


I freely and heartily yield all things 

to Your pleasure and disposal. 


And now, O glorious and blessed God, 

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, 

You are mine, 

and I am Yours. 


So be it. 


And the covenant which I have made on earth, 

let it be ratified in heaven. 

Amen. 

 

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How Can I Be Intentional When Reading Scripture?

One Method To Use When Reading Scripture: 

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S.cripture: Write down the Bible passage you will be studying.

O.bservations: Examine the text and write down what you notice and see. Start with the obvious and move to the deeper.

A.pplication: Apply God’s Word to your life in a practical way. What is God saying about Himself, about you and about what He is calling you to?

P.rayer: Respond to God’s Word with your own words.

S.hare: Commit to share what God is showing you with someone else.

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