Sunday, July 23, 2017
Sermon Series

The Arms of God

July 2-August 6, 2017

This series points us to the reality and certainty of spiritual warfare. The Lord Jesus on the cross has won the victory over sin, death, and the power of the devil. Yet, we continue to battle the Enemy with the confident assurance that the victory has been won. To be sure, our battle is not against people and the weapons of our warfare are spiritual. Different battlegrounds and attacks require different weapons. The series title, The Arms of God, is an intentional play on words: “arms” as in weaponry as well as “arms” as an embrace. There is a battle for which the Lord has provided spiritual armaments. We need to be aware of them and to use them. But the goal of spiritual warfare is that we end up trusting even more deeply in the arms of God Himself.

Introduction to the Series

Pastor Brodie Taphorn, Pastor Buff Delcamp, Joe Valentino, Jeff Schuster preaching
Recognize the Battle and Trust the Leader – We need to recognize that there is a battle with Satan, but that our Lord Jesus has conquered him! The Lord equips us for the mop-up operation, by arming us with essential weapons including resistance, rejoicing, love, and prayer.
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The Arm(ament) of Resistance

Rich Mendola preaching
We need to resist (apply a counterforce of God’s authority) Satan because He is resisting God by tempting us and by seeking to stop us from doing God’s will.
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1 Peter 5:5-11  

The Arm(ament)s of Rejoicing & Praise

Joe Valentino preaching
Rejoicing/praising releases the power of God in the midst of difficult situations for the advancement of the gospel and it disarms Satan who seeks to discourage us in life situations.
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2 Chronicles 20:18-22  

The Arm(ament) of Love

Pastor Jeff Morlock preaching
Love releases the power of God into situations of anger and conflict and defeats Satan’s plan to cause division.
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Ephesians 4:22-32  

The Arm(ament) of Prayer

Pastor Dave Mann preaching
As believers, we can use prayer as an offensive weapon within spiritual warfare.
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Colossians 4:2-6  

Conclusion: The Victory is the Lord's!

Pastor Jeff Morlock, David White, Aaron Thompson, Carl Schweisthal preaching
The victory is won! Therefore: Resist! Rejoice! Love! and Pray!
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Colossians 2:6-15