The Sunday sermon had me saying,"Amen" softly to myself.
Bill heard me and turned his head just enough for me to see his face and smiled at me each time I said it. Honestly, Jesus was in the house! I could feel the Holy Spirit swell inside me and fill me with joy.
I wish I could convey that moment to you!
Listening to one of God's called pastors giving a sermon using the Sword of the Spirit and letting the Spirit of God through Jesus Christ be in control is unmistakable. To me, the excitement of the indwelling Holy Spirit being joyful because the gospel is being preached feels like an internal bubble that expands as it is filled with the truth and joy of the Word. Leaving church, I felt light and joyful from worshipping the Lord through his holy word and singing praises to Him.
I love immersing myself in the Bible and studying what it says so I take notes during sermons. I carry 3 x 5 index cards and a couple of pens in the pocket of my bible cover so that I can take notes during sermons, or just to write a thought down. Sunday, I used the scripture insert from the bulletin that is provided for taking notes during the sermon. My notes are below.
Sunday Sermon Notes - July 9, 2017First, the background information about Paul when he wrote to Ephesus.
Paul was under arrest and chained to a Roman soldier 24 hours a day when he wrote the Ephesian church. Therefore he used military terms for the spiritual battle that each of us must face alone and together as the body of Christ.
Our pastor started out with Ephesians 5:21:
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
And then he moved on to Ephesians 6:10-14
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
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.
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
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Our pastor emphasized three points from the verses in Ephesians 6:
- Stand strong in God's might.
- Stand armored against evil.
- Stand firm through everything
- Trust each other
- Join and work together
- Practice discipline and be coordinated
- Pour love out upon each other and others