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The Encouragement We Receive (Ephesians 6:21-24)

The Encouragement We Receive Ephesians 6:21-24

Ephesians 6:21-24

I. From friends (Ephesians 6:21-22)

    A. Seeing old friends who have been away for some time (Acts 20:4; Ephesians 6:21; Colossians 4:7)
    B. Good news about friends (Ephesians 6:22; Philippians 1:12-14)

II. From God (Ephesians 6:23-24; 1:2-3)

    A. Peace (1 Peter 3:10-11; Romans 12:18; Ephesians 2:14; Matthew 5:9)
    B. Love with faith (James 2:22; 1 John 5:3; 2 John 6; 2 Thessalonians 1:3)
    C. Grace (Romans 6:23; Isaiah 59:2; John 3:16; John 14:23)

The Energy We Employ (Ephesians 6:18-20)

The Energy We Employ Ephesians 6:18-20

Ephesians 6:18-20

I. Prayer (Ephesians 6:18-19)

    A. Paul’s prayers (Colossians 1:9; Philippians 1:9; 2 Corinthians 13:7)
    B. Paul encouraged prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17; 1 Timothy 2:1-4)
    C. When should we pray? (Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
    D. For whom should we pray? (Ephesians 6:19; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; James 1:5; Matthew 6:9-13)

II. Perception (Ephesians 6:18b)

    A. Gideon’s army (Judges 7:5-7)
    B. Keep your eyes open so you’re not taken by surprise (1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 5:15-16)
    C. Be watchful for opportunities to do good (Galatians 6:9-10)

III. Persuasiveness (Ephesians 6:19b-20)

    A. Peter and John’s boldness (Acts 4:8-13)
    B. Paul’s boldness (Acts 20:27; Romans 1:16; 2 Timothy 4:2)

The Equipment We Wear (Ephesians 6:13-17)

The Equipment We Wear Ephesians 6

Ephesians 6:13-17

I. Questions about wearing the whole armor of God

    A. Why? (Ephesians 6:13)
    B. Stand against what or whom? (Acts 20:29, 30, 38; Ephesians 2:1-5; 4:17-24; 4:1-3)

II. Defensive weapons

    A. Gird your waist with truth (Ephesians 6:14a; John 8:32)
    B. Breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14b; 1 Timothy 6:11; Romans 3:10, 23; 1 Corinthians 1:30)
    C. Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Peter 3:15; Acts 8:4)
    D. Shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16; Hebrews 11:1, 6; Romans 10:17)
    E. Helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6:17a)

III. The offensive weapon

    A. The sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17b)
    B. Use it properly (2 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 4:12)

The Enemy We Face (Ephesians 6:10-12)

The Enemy We Face

Ephesians 6:10-12

I. “Be strong in the Lord…” (Ephesians 6:10)

    A. “Be strong and of good courage” (Joshua 1:6, 7, 9, 16-18; 21:43-45)
    B. Strength comes from God and is found in Christ (Romans 8:1; James 4:7; Philippians 4:13, 19)

II. “Put on the whole armor of God…” (Ephesians 6:11)

    A. Spiritual armor (Romans 13:12-14; John 8:12; 2 Corinthians 6:3-7)
    B. “Wiles” = schemes, tricks

III. “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood…” (Ephesians 6:12)

    A. Do not underestimate the devil’s smarts (2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 4:2; 2 Timothy 3:7)
    B. Do not underestimate the devil’s strength (1 Peter 5:8)

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 96/260: Read Ephesians 6

Paul believed in the power of prayer. In the final chapter of his Ephesian epistle, the apostle asked his readers to pray for him and his ministry, “that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

What is boldness? It is “preach[ing] the word…in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2). It is reported that Marshall Keeble paraphrased that as “when they want to hear it, and when they don’t.” There are times that one must boldly stand for the truth, recognizing that there will be opposition.

Boldness is “declar[ing] the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). That is proclaiming the entire gospel from beginning to end, not leaving anything out for fear of offending another.

Boldness is “contend[ing] earnestly for the faith” (Jude 3). It involves passionate persuasion of “the faith which was once delivered to the saints.” It has not changed since the first century; what was true then is still true today.

Notice also, however, what boldness is not.

Boldness is not rudeness. When we spread the gospel we are to be “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). We are not trying to win arguments; we are trying to win souls for Christ. Be gentle, yet uncompromising. Be patient, yet persistent. Be compassionate, just as Christ was (and is).

Be bold.

Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)

Philippians 2:4. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Pray

Pray for boldness in your speech and service.