Apologetics: Lesson Five (Where and When) -- conclusion
This is a spiritual war, so where's the battle?
Date: 9/9/2005 2:03:06 PM ( 18 y ) ... viewed 1553 times
So you've read the Word, learned how to interpret it, and studied it. Now what? Not to sit on the sidelines, that's for sure!
Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came up and said to them,“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 28:20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 6:11 Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. 6:13 For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand.
6:14 Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist, by putting on the breastplate of righteousness, 6:15 by fitting your feet with the preparation that comes from the good news of peace, 6:16 and in all of this, by taking up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 6:18 With every prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and to this end be alert, with all perseverance and requests for all the saints. 6:19 Pray for me also, that I may be given the message when I begin to speak—that I may confidently make known the mystery of the gospel, 6:20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may be able to speak boldly as I ought to speak.
Some Christians "join the army" but never put on their armor, and then have the nerve to wonder why they keep getting beat up in battle! Others put the armor on but then run off and hide, hoping never to see battle. They only want to be on the roster but not challenged. What kinds of "soldiers" are those? What kind are you? Apologetics is for every believer, whether you're given a big, visible commission or a seemingly unimportant one. Just as even the cooks in an army are expected to know how to use a pistol, even the "lowest" Christian should never assume they will never be challenged.
Some lyrics from "Cornelius" by the Newsboys:
And every generation's got
The fearless few who can't be bought
They don't take polls or look around
They act on truth, and then they stand their ground
Come up and see the world stripped bare
The free indeed
They breathe a rarified air
Yeah, they got spirit
Yeah, they got game
And some get christened
With a righteous-sounding name
And every generation knows
The doers do, the posers pose
'Cause every time the plop goes fizz
Another yes-man gets his
Come up and see the big man's boss
The mind clears out when you're taking up the cross
Yeah, his burden's easy
No, it don't chafe
It's God's safe harbor
Why play it safe?
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