THE CHRISTIAN’S GREAT BATTLE

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Order of Worship:

For Pre-Service Reading – Psalm 27 (P 129 In Front Of Hymnal)

Opening Hymn 467 (V 1-3) – “Built On The Rock”

The Liturgy ……………………………………… Hymnal, Page 5ff

The Scripture – Ephesians 6: 10 – 17
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you can withstand the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and, having done all, to stand. Stand firm, therefore, having the belt of truth around your waist, and with the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet fitted with the readiness of the Gospel of peace; Above all, take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.”

The Apostles Creed (Hymnal, Page 12)

WS 768 : Be Strong in the Lord Hymnary.org link
The Sermon ……………………………………… Ephesians 6 : 10

“Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might”.

THE CHRISTIAN’S GREAT BATTLE

1. The Enemy : Formidable
2. The Lord : Invincible
3. The Battleplan : Victorious

Hymn 451 – “Stand Up! Stand Up For Jesus!”

Our Gifts For The Lord’s Work

Our Prayer

Lord God, we are creatures, but You are our almighty Creator and Preserver; We are sinful, but You are holy; We are lost and condemned in our sins, but You in mercy have rescued and redeemed us through Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ; We are weak, but You are strong; We are vulnerable, but You are invincible.
Through Your holy Law and our knowledge of our own hearts, help us see through the façade of our own seeming armor of righteous- ness and strength. Lead us by faith to trust instead in You and Your armor alone for salvation, for strength, for safety and for eternal victory. Without Christ, we are vulnerable and powerless before the wiles of the evil one. Yet, with Jesus and His Word at our side, as we wield “the sword of the Spirit”, victory is assured. In our many life struggles, daily renew us and reassure us through Your precious promises. This we ask in the Name of conquering Savior Who has taught us to pray:

The Lord’s Prayer (Hymnal, Page 14)

Our Lord’s Benediction

(8:30) the Children’s Message:

The Closing Hymn 658 (V 1 & 3) – “Onward, Christian Soldiers”

Silent Prayer And Announcements

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.