Sword of the Spirit

Good afternoon! If you’d like to listen to Pastor Steve’s message about the Sword of the Spirit, simply click the play button on the audio player below. I’ve also included the Scripture references and links to those verses on Bible Gateway for your convenience.

Call to Worship
Hebrews 4:11-16
11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that 
no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any 
double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and 
spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes 
of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s 
sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes 
of him to whom we must give account.

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended 
into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith 
we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to 
empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been 
tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us 
then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we 
may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Ephesians 6:10-18

Romans 3:22

John 14:27

2 Samuel 22:31

Isaiah 59:17

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

2 Timothy 2:4

Romans 10:8-9

1 Corinthians 1:18

Hebrews 4:12

Matthew 4:4

Matthew 4:10

Daniel 3:18

Joshua 1:9

1 Corinthians 10:13

2 Timothy 3:16

1 Peter 4:11

Romans 8:31

Romans 8:37-39

John 15:7

Confidence

A message from Pastor Steve:

As we endeavor to meet the challenges of these days in America, it becomes increasingly clear that our peace and confidence are found only in one place: Jesus Christ. Our success in overcoming the trials and adversity is not dependent on the ways of the world around us, but comes by focusing on our faith, our belief, and our trust in the Son who was willing to suffer more than we ever will.

Why would He ever choose to give up so much honor and glory for those that still reject His free gift of salvation? It’s because of love. A love that is so deep, strong, and powerful that, once we have it, there isn’t anything on earth or in the universe that can take it away from us (Romans 8:35-39).

As we accept the challenges of these times, it becomes especially critical to properly dress yourself each day for the spiritual battles ahead. If you put on the “belt of truth” you won’t be persuaded by the lies of this world around us. Your “shield of faith” becomes your defense against the fiery darts of Satan, which he uses to cause doubt and disobedience in your affairs. And it is your “helmet of salvation” that will remind you, in this season, that by God’s grace, through faith in the atoning sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have nothing to fear (Ephesians 6:10-18).

Perhaps we should not be asking “why” is this happening, but “what” is it that God wants me to learn from this. “What” is in it that will cause me to grow closer to Jesus through this time?

By God’s grace and the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, we can be confident and secure when we employ the Spiritual Armor of God.

be still