Hello Friends! This week we kicked off our second series called Build Up! based on the book written by Dr. David Feddes entitled Spiritual Warfare. We were so blessed to have some new people join our group for this session – so WELCOME new Telos friends! I am so blessed to have you try the group and encourage you to continue coming throughout this session.
I post twice weekly on this blog – one as a way to reinforce the lesson and give the answers to the lesson for those who may have missed it and want to know what we discussed. I also try to do one post of encouragement/worship/inspirational post as well. In this post, let’s review this amazing lesson of the three sides of Jesus that are rarely mentioned about in the church and let us be reminded that we are to love Jesus above all in our lives. Visit the blog again by the weekend for new postings. Here is a copy of our first lesson in session 2:
Session 2 Lesson 1: THREE UNSPOKEN SIDES OF JESUS:
- Jesus is a __troublemaker_____!
Jesus is a troublemaker. He’s the world’s greatest troublemaker, in fact! He can disturb the peace, cause family fights, turn people against one another, some people even die for the sake of Jesus. Jesus says himself in Matthew 10: 34 – 29:
“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
In our world today, these may seem like fighting words! But they are a direct order from Jesus Christ himself. Asking us to love Jesus may seem easy enough but it’s one of the hardest things we can learn to do as we mature in our Christian walk and faith. This week keep in mind we should be spending just as much time, if not more time, talking with him, communicating with him, worshipping him, praising him, addressing him, doing all things for His glory and not our own. This is a wonderful reminder of the expectations Jesus puts on us as Christians to lend to our mind the importance of Him.
Here is a funny thing about Jesus. If we do live for him, and follow his commands, and produce fruit in our lives he will end up fixing most things we have trouble with. In the end, He will bring peace, heal family squabbles, and help us to love everyone as much as we love ourselves. But, it truly must be ALL about Jesus!
- Jesus is a ____War_______ _____Hero___________!
We should view Jesus as a wonderful hero! And He IS our hero! Without Jesus, where would we be? War heroes come in different varieties. Some are noted for their great strategies while some of noted for bravery. Many are wounded, captured, even tortured for their cause. Heroes survive battles, overpower the enemy, and set free captives. Yet, Jesus does not encompass just one or two of these things, rather ALL of these describe Jesus.
The stories in our Old Testament also point to how, “The Lord is a Warrior” (Exodus 15:3) Some stories that remind us and make us aware of how the Lord has been a great warrior are:
Wiping out the armies of ________Pharoah__________ at the ___Red_____Sea____
Rescuing the __________Israelites_______________ from the Canaanites
He brought down the ______walls___________ of _____ Jericho____
Destroyed the giant named ________Goliath___________ and so much more! What the Lord did in the Old Testament points to what Jesus did in the New Testament and will do in the final battle yet to come!
3. Jesus is a _________General_____________!
The church is a ________fighting_________ ________force__________!
Christian people are _________soldiers____________________!
Yes, all of these things are TRUE and applicable to gearing up to learning more about the Armor of God. We have been called to combat! Even Jesus himself once again states in Matthew 10:34
“I did not come to bring peace but a sword”
Jesus has called us to join his forces and march with him to the final victory. Even though the outcome is certain, fighting still rages on today. Yet, the combat Jesus calls us to is not filled with bloody battles, persecutions, injuries, or bombings. Yet it is a warfare of the spirit!
WE MUST FIGHT ______Spiritual____________ ________enemies_________ and we must use______spiritual___________ _________weapons__________!
Let’s look at 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 which says,
“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ”
Christianity IS spiritual warfare and its effects are larger and longer lasting than anything here on earth!
How many people are flocking to churches these days? Don’t Christians seem wimpier than ever? Does it feel that evil is beginning to outsmart the good? This could be due to our lack or a warrior mentality as Christians. Let’s work together to shift and grow our church by realizing that:
Bible Study should be a ____strategy_________ ________session__________!
Prayer can be the most effective ____weapon___ to outsmart our____enemies_____
and defend our ___religious freedom________!
Church is a place to rally ______war____ against _____Satan_______ !
Jesus did not come to earth to negotiate with Satan. He did not come for diplomacy or to work out a compromise, rather he came to destroy him!
I John 3:8 “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.”
We must be bold as Christians and followers of Jesus! We also must be warriors and ready for battle! The Bible even pictures Jesus as a general riding a white horse with the “armies of heaven” following.
Together in this session, let’s get _______Armed____ and ___Ready______!
Ephesians 6:13 “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
We must not be caught ___napping______! This is evident as a wise word from God as it was stated in Paul’s letter found in I Thessalonians 5:6”
“Let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled”
We must be alert and aware of our surroundings – especially in the current time in history we are living in. It’s so easy to be swayed by the ways of Satan as these days the world seems consumed in distractions away from God’s will for our lives and how he wants us to live our lives to the fullest!
A day of evil can come in a variety of ways:
In illness or ___________disability___________
In a _______tragic______ __________death________ of a loved one
In a form of ____persecution_______ – being mocked for your faith or the way you live
In the form of a __________temptation_____________ to sin.
It may simply be in the form of lies about ____God_________. Satan can attack with false doctrines and theories filled with deception. If you know your Bible and you mind is “clothed in the truth of Christ” you will be able to repel Satan’s lies.
We must be ready in advance and prepare ahead of time! Wartime living is not easy, painless, and trouble free. We must fight aside God and with the help of God’s mighty power.
Most of all, DON’T be discouraged if you suffer setback or a “wound” here and there. Rather, rejoice that God entrusts us with a mission where the fighting is fiercest. The greater opposition you face, the greater God’s victory will be when you triumph! Keep in mind, the overall campaign and stay loyal to the Lord. Don’t allow Satan the satisfaction of allowing you to believe that God has abandoned you, rather hold on to the confidence that God is winning the overall mission and count on him to rescue you.
The ___fight___ of __faith___ is___warfare___ for _____winners_____!
Homework: Spend time with God this week in prayer for this series. Ask Him to open you to a new revelation about His word. Keep in mind we are supposed to love God more than anything!
Leave a comment below with any thoughts/opinions you have on the kick off to the challenging series. See you Sunday and Be Blessed!