The Fight of Faith – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric concludes the series Restored-The Pathway to a Healthy Soul with a sermon titled The Fight of Faith focusing on Ephesians 6:10-20.
Ephesians 6:10-20
ICEBREAKER: Describe a memorable uncle.
1. The Apostle Paul’s famous discourse on the Christian’s spiritual armour [Ephesians 6:10-20] falls on the heels of his instructions for godly relationships in the home [Ephesians 5:21-6:9]. Do you think the home is a potential battleground? In what ways? Are relationships at risk from the evil one? Why do you think he attacks relationships?
2. It is always dangerous to get our spiritual beliefs from pop culture. How does our culture view the supernatural world? What is the truth as outlined in Ephesians 6:11,12, 16, 18, as well as 2 Corinthians 10:4-6, James 4:7, and 2 Peter 5:8-9?
3. What do you infer from all the battle imagery and terminology in Ephesians 6:10-20? How does this make you feel? How should you best prepare [cf. 1 Corinthians 16:13, Romans 13:11-14, 2 Corinthians 2:11]?
4. Several times in this text [Ephesians 6:11, 13, 14], we are challenged to stand firm in the face of formidable foes. This requires great courage. How does each piece of God’s spiritual armour encourage you to prevail?
5. What are some of the evil one’s “flaming arrows” [Ephesians 6:16] that need to be extinguished? Consult Genesis 3:1-5, Matthew 4:1-10, John 8:44, 2 Corinthians 11:3-4, and 1 John 3:4-10 for further insights.
6. Why is persevering prayer so crucial to spiritual warfare [Ephesians 6:18-20]? What does this say about the best strategy to overcome evil [cf. Matthew 6:13; Matthew 26:41; Philippians 4:6-7; and Colossians 4:2-4]?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“The tragedy today is that many Christians think they are fighting flesh and blood in their marital and parenting issues, rather than realizing that Satan has an agenda to destroy their home. Whoever controls the family controls the future.” (Tony Evans, Victory in Spiritual Warfare)
“You are not fighting for victory—you are fighting from victory. This battle has already been won!” (Tony Evans, Victory in Spiritual Warfare)