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Ephesians 6:17b Individual Pieces of Armor-Sword--Part 2.2

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INTRODUCTION:

1. Each piece of the Armor of God is important.

Acts 20:26–27 NKJV
26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. 27 For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.
Acts 20

A. The whole armor is needed to fight the spiritual war.

Ephesians 6:11–12 NKJV
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

B. The Sword of the Spirit is an important part of the Armor of God.

Ephesians 6:17 NKJV
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

1. The rest of the armor protects you so that you can use the Sword, but the Sword both protects you and the ones whom it is your aim to protect.

A. If you are wearing the Armor of God, you are protected because God’s Armor is impenetrable and therefore, you should be bold to go into war and fight.

Hebrews 13:5–6 NKJV
5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

B. This is where the Sword comes into play, because the war needs to be fought.

1 Timothy 6:12 NKJV
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
2 Timothy 6.12
1. There are those who need to be protected and those who need to be saved.
Psalm 82:3–4 NKJV
3 Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy. 4 Deliver the poor and needy; Free them from the hand of the wicked.
2. Pure and undefiled religion before God (paraphrasing): ‘Protect the ones who cannot protect themselves.’
James 1:27 NKJV
27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

C. Ask yourself three questions:

1. Do you have the Sword available to use?

A. In order to be able to use the Sword, you must know how to obtain the Sword.

B. In order to be able to obtain the Sword, one must understand and acknowledge it’s power.

C. In order to obtain the Sword, one must understand that he needs the Sword.

2. Do you know how to use the Sword?

A. Ask yourself three questions to determine if you know how to use the Sword.

1. Are you willing to learn how to use the Sword properly?
A. Every soldier must be willing to learn how to use his weapon properly.
1. The Word of God is a Sword.
B. What does it mean to be willing to learn to use the Sword properly?
1. One must be willing to put in hours of diligent study.
2. One must be willing to seek God with his whole heart.
2. Are you willing to teach others to use the Sword properly?
A. This is the question we are asking today.
3. Are you willing to be an example of how to use the Sword properly?
A. This lesson will be next week.

3. Will you survive the war?

A. This is the question we will ask in two weeks to wrap up our lessons on the individual pieces of Armor of God.

BODY:

1. DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE THE SWORD?

A. Are you willing to teach others to use the Sword properly?

Matt
Matthew 28:19–20 NKJV
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

1. In order to make disciples, one must be willing to teach God’s Word.

Matthew 28:19–20 KJV 1900
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

B. Making disciples can be done in many ways so that all of the family of God can take part.

1. Teaching children is a very important way of making disciples and is accomplished in many ways.

Ephesians 6:4 NKJV
4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

A. Teaching your own children is one way of fulfilling the Great Commission.

Proverbs 22:6 NKJV
6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6 NKJV
6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Deut 6.6
Deuteronomy 6:6–9 NKJV
6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Ephesians 6:4 NKJV
4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

B. Teaching your grandchildren to be faithful is another way of fulfilling the Great Commission.

2 Timothy

2 Timothy 1.
2 Timothy 1:5 NKJV
5 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.

C. Getting involved in the church’s outreach programs for children such as Bible classes, Vacation Bible School, and youth rallies is another way.

Proverbs 22:6 NKJV
6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Matthew 18:3 NKJV
3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:1–3 NKJV
1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:1–5 NKJV
1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.
1. Getting involved in the lives of children can make a difference, but so can not being involved.
1. Getting involved in
2 Timothy 5
2 Timothy 1:5 NKJV
5 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.
Luke 18.15-
Luke 18:15–17 NKJV
15 Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 17 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”
2. Whoever causes a child to stumble by not getting involved, it would be better that he or she be drowned in the depth of the sea.
Matthew 18:6 NKJV
6 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
3. Eli had two sons that he refused to control or teach properly.
1 Sam 2.
1 Samuel 2:29–30 NKJV
29 Why do you kick at My sacrifice and My offering which I have commanded in My dwelling place, and honor your sons more than Me, to make yourselves fat with the best of all the offerings of Israel My people?’ 30 Therefore the Lord God of Israel says: ‘I said indeed that your house and the house of your father would walk before Me forever.’ But now the Lord says: ‘Far be it from Me; for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.
1 Samuel 2:29–31 NKJV
29 Why do you kick at My sacrifice and My offering which I have commanded in My dwelling place, and honor your sons more than Me, to make yourselves fat with the best of all the offerings of Israel My people?’ 30 Therefore the Lord God of Israel says: ‘I said indeed that your house and the house of your father would walk before Me forever.’ But now the Lord says: ‘Far be it from Me; for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed. 31 Behold, the days are coming that I will cut off your arm and the arm of your father’s house, so that there will not be an old man in your house.
4. God makes good on His promise to Eli.
1 Sam 4.16-19
1 Samuel 4:16–18 NKJV
16 Then the man said to Eli, “I am he who came from the battle. And I fled today from the battle line.” And he said, “What happened, my son?” 17 So the messenger answered and said, “Israel has fled before the Philistines, and there has been a great slaughter among the people. Also your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead; and the ark of God has been captured.” 18 Then it happened, when he made mention of the ark of God, that Eli fell off the seat backward by the side of the gate; and his neck was broken and he died, for the man was old and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.
5. Lois and Eunice are good examples of people who were involved.
2 Timothy 1:5 NKJV
5 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.

2. Teaching adults is a very important way of making disciples and is accomplished in many ways.

A. By evangelizing in the world.

2 Timothy 4:1–4 NKJV
1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
2 Timothy 4.1-

B. By sound men teaching other men to be sound and continuing the process.

2 Timothy 2:1–2 NKJV
1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
2 Timothy 2.1-
1. This is accomplished by being a mentor.
2. This is accomplished by teaching both children and adult Sunday School classes.
3. This is accomplished by being a good Christian example.
4. This is accomplished by serving in worship services.
5. This is accomplished by being a part of the local church’s activities.

C. By the older women teaching the younger women.

Titus 2:3–5 NKJV
3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
Titus 2.
1. This is accomplished by being a mentor.
2. This is accomplished by teaching a young women’s class.
3. This is accomplished by teach Sunday School.
4. This is accomplished by being a good Christian example.
5. This is accomplished by knowing how you can serve the Lord’s Church.
6. This is accomplished by being a part of the local church’s activities.

C. If you know how to use the Sword, you will be willing to be involved.

1. A church with involved members survives, because they know how to use the Sword.

Ephesians 4:11–13 NKJV
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
Eph 4.11-13

2. A church with uninvolved members dies, because they are tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine.

Ephesians 4:14–16 NKJV
14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Eph 4.14-

A. Notice in that all of the roles involve teaching.

B. This is because of what is said in verse twelve.

1. We all have the responsibility of equipping the saints and edifying the body of Christ.

CONCLUSION:

1. Do you know how to use the Sword?

A. Are you willing to get involved by:

1. Teaching children.

2. Teaching the lost.

3. Teaching young adult Christians.

4. Being involved in the worship services?

5. Being involved in the church’s activities?

B. An uninvolved Christian is dead.

James 2:17 NKJV
17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

C. If you are not teaching others to use the Sword properly, you don’t know how to use the Sword.

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