Have you ever tried to fight against an enemy you can’t see? That’s one of the trickiest things about being a Christ follower. We are constantly living in the context of a huge struggle between Heaven and Hell, and our adversaries (fallen angels) are invisible!
We are addressing the hot, and extremely relevant, topic of SPIRITUAL WARFARE. We’re going to open the Scriptures to get a big picture overview of the cosmic battle we find ourselves in. We’re going to look at some of the classic approaches that Satan levels against God’s people, unmasking his wicked strategies (i.e., temptation, accusation, deception). And then we’re going to highlight the Heavenly resources we have available in Christ to not only fight against these invisible enemies… but actually be victorious over them! We’re going to learn how to step into our spiritual position and authority as Christians, stand firm in our faith with God’s protective armor, and successfully resist the onslaughts of the devil (Ephesians 6:11; James 4:17).
Even though Satan was definitively defeated by the cross and empty tomb of Christ some 20 centuries ago, the powers of Hell still seeks to do as much damage as possible to God’s people and purposes on earth. Our goal with this FORWARD TO FREEDOM series is to help you not surrender an inch of ground in your life that Christ’s enemies would like to take from you. You’re not going to want to miss even one of these messages about SPIRITUAL WARFARE! Let’s be overcomers together!!
It is so easy to fall into the trap of viewing the Church as a product to consume or a spectator sport where we sit back and watch others do the work. But the Word of God teaches us that the Church isn’t really operating as the Church until we’re “ALL IN.” Ephesians 4:11-16 gives us a beautiful word picture of how the Church is the expression of the body of Christ on earth. Our goal is to grow to maturity together “as each part does its work.”
Imagine your body trying to get up and go about your business tomorrow, only to discover that your lungs or feet have gone on strike! You wouldn’t make it very far! It’s the same principle when it comes to the Church. God has gifted you uniquely with special, spiritual hard-wiring so that you can help others in God’s family with their growth process. And He has called you to do your part. There’s not much wiggle room here. So for six weeks, we’re going offer you some helpful tools to better understand how God has equipped you for service, called you to ministry, and is inviting you to getting into the game.
Our culture talks so much about physical health and getting our bodies into shape. But what about exercising our souls or getting our hearts in order? In Proverbs 4:23 we read: “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
For 11 weeks, we will be addressing MATTERS OF THE HEART. It’s a character study that seeks to address who we really are when no one is looking. We’ll be examining what God has to say about what we need to let into our hearts, as well as what we need to keep out. Along the way we’ll be offering some practical “heart exercises” so that all of us can better align ourselves with God’s design for our lives. Let’s get heart healthy together!