Week Six - Fighting The Good Fight Of Faith
The churches of Christ Greet You (Romans )
This week you will study about the spiritual warfare each Christian engages in each day of his life.
1. You are well over a month into your new life as a disciple of Jesus Christ. If you have been serious about it, this month should have been one in which you faced many things about yourself that need changing. It also should have been one filled with joy because you know that God is for you and Jesus Christ is with you to help you become like Him.
2. Read Philippians 4:4-6. When should we rejoice?
3. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. When should we be thankful?
4. If you have been guilty of complaining or being negative about your life, seek out those you have hurt and let them know that you are sorry because you have all the reason in the universe for joy.
1. The image of a soldier or a warfare is often employed in the New Testament. The reason: WE ARE AT WAR! The ways of God and the ways of men (influenced by Satan) are totally opposed. Our culture is constantly bombarding us with ITS message of how to find life, but God's message is totally different. One cannot survive in warfare unless he is equipped and knows how to do battle. We therefore will study this warfare.
2. Read Ephesians 6:10-18. There is enough in this passage for several weeks of study; however, we will use only a few days.
3. First of all, in warfare we need to identify the enemy. From verse 12 we learn who the enemy is not - the enemy is not FLESH and BLOOD (parents, husband, wife, another race, your boss, or anyone else in mankind). So, who is the enemy? Verse 11 and 12 reveal him as the devil - the spiritual ruler of darkness.
4. What are some of the schemes you can see the devil working out in your life to take you out of the light of God? Set your mind against the forces of darkness that Satan commands. Pray for strength to overcome Satan's schemes.
1. Read Ephesians 6:10-18 again. Satan has real power, but verse 13 gives us the reason why we don't have to be fearful in this warfare. What is the reason?
2. We don't have to be fearful, but we do have to put on the whole armor of God (vs. 13-18). Jesus Christ is the source of our armor (Philippians , 19). TRUST HIM!
3. The armor described:
Loins girt about with truth - Read John 17:17.
The Breastplate of righteousness - Read Philippians 3:8-9.
The Gospel of peace - Read Ephesians 2:14-18.
The Shield of faith - Read Romans 10:17.
The Helmet of salvation - Read Romans 8:1-2.
The Sword of the Spirit - Read Hebrews 4:12.
Praying always in the Spirit - Read 1 Corinthians 14:15.
4. Remember, like any good soldier, you will have to put this armor on anew every day. Satan has the world (1 John ), but READ 1 John 4:4.
1. Read 2 Timothy 2:1-7. To be a Christian is not like going on a picnic. It is like enrolling in an army and being trained to use the (spiritual) weapons of warfare as we battle the enemy.
2. If you are really walking with Jesus Christ and waging His warfare, you will experience hardships (vs. 3-4). Read 2 Timothy 3:12. What does this promise assure us of?
3. If you never experience any persecution from the forces of the enemy, you are not fighting against the enemy. If the attitude of the people of this world toward you is that you are just an "okay" person, then you need to examine your commitment and your boldness for Jesus. Read John 15:18-20.
4. 2 Timothy 2:4 warns us not to allow ourselves to become entangled "with the affairs of this life." Are there some things in your life that need to be given up because they are taking you away from the "front lines" of our battle?
1. This study guide ends today, but may your study never end. You are on your way to things too glorious and enriching to even describe. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP!
2. Read and meditate on the following verses: Hebrews 5:11-6:3; 1 Peter 2:1-2; Colossians 2:6-10.
3. Keep studying, confessing, encouraging, sharing, "And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus (by His authority), giving thanks to God the Father by him" (Col 2:17).