Sunday Review | August 28, 2016

Sunday Review | August 28, 2016

Below is a brief review of our meeting yesterday, followed by projection from the message and a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.

Josh opened our time together with announcements and a Call to Worship from 1 Chronicles 16:8-12, 23-29.

Kevin Khoffie lead us in Glorious and Mighty and A Mighty Fortress is Our God.

Katie Siefring read Isaiah 11:1-11, 12:1-6 and we sang No Weapon and Great Are You Lord.

After the message, we sang a reprise of A Mighty Fortress is Our God and shared in Communion. 

Chris closed our time together with a benediction and time of prayer.

Kyle Rogness shared a testimony about his time at Worldview Academy and how the training there has shaped his ability to share the gospel with those around him. 

Quinton Cools followed up his testimony by sharing about the Next Generation ministries at KingsWay. 

Matthew then preached the next message in our current series United: The Letter to the Ephesiansentitled "Spiritual Warfare Part I". The message was founded in Ephesians 6:10-12. To listen again, visit our Audio Resources page.

After the message, we sang a reprise of A Mighty Fortress is Our God and shared in Communion.

Chris closed the meeting with a benediction and an invitation to come forward for prayer.


Projection from the Message:

Those who stand in the strength God supplies will triumph over every evil power.

1) THE CHRISTIAN LIFE REQUIRES THE STRENGTH OF CHRIST

"I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called." - Ephesians 4:1

"...to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires..." - Ephesians 4:22

2) THE ENEMY OF OUR SOUL IS POWERFUL AND CUNNING

"Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings..." - Psalm 17:8

"Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; protect me from those who rise up against me..." - Psalm 59:1

"Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around l ike a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." - 1 Peter 5:8

“Mention of the ‘schemes’ of the devil reminds us of the trickery and subterfuge by which evil and temptation present ourselves in our lives. Evil rarely looks evil until it accomplishes its goal; it gains entrance by appearing attractive, desirable, and perfectly legitimate. It is a baited and camouflaged trap.” - Klyne Snodgrass

3) THE STRATAGEMS OF SATAN ARE NO MATCH FOR THE ARMOR OF GOD

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe." - Proverbs 18:10

"But with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins." - Isaiah 11:4-5

"He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede; then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him. He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak." - Isaiah 59:16-17

"And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities  and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him." - Colossians 2:13-15

"...that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and  seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church..." - Ephesians 1:20-22

"Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?...No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:33-35, 37-39

“The decisive victory has already been won by God in Christ, and the task of believers is not to win but to stand, that is, to preserve and maintain what has been won. It is because this victory has been won that believers are involved in the battle at all.” - Andrew Lincoln

Those who stand in the strength God supplies will triumph over every evil power.


Discussion Questions:

1. Reread the quote from Andrew Lincoln above. What does he mean by "It is because this victory has been won that believers are involved in the battle at all."? How does the mere presence of a battle in our lives point to the ultimate victory? What is a current situation in your life that makes this truth difficult to remember?

2. Matthew taught that the Christian life requires the strength of Christ. What are some of the faulty alternatives that the world suggests we find strength in? What particular areas do you find yourself tempted to place your trust in before the strength of the Lord?

3. How are we to view the reality of spiritual warfare? What is a proper view of the ways the enemy is at work in our lives? In what ways have you experienced the elements that Klyne Snodgrass references above?

4. Through the gospel, Jesus determined the decisive victory for our soul. His is the only voice worth listening to in battle. How can your Community Group pray for you in this regard? Is listening solely to the voice of your Savior an easy practice for you or a difficult one?

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