Summary: This message shows how the Christian is to equip himself for warfare.
THE CHRISTIAN SOLDIER
INTRODUCTION: The Christian is in a battle. Ruth Paxton many years ago said that the Book of Ephesians could be divided into three sections: 1. The Wealth of the Believer 2. The Walk of the Believer and 3. The Warfare of the Believer. Chapter six reminds us that the Christian is in a battle, but the Lord tells us how to face the enemy.
I. The Exhortation to Warfare. (vs. 10)
A. To recognize that the Lord as the source of victory. (vs. 10a)
B. To recognize that the Lord as the strength for victory. (vs. lOb)
II. The Enemy in Warfare. (vs. 11)
A. Need to be suited up against the enemy.(vs. 11a)
B. Need to be standing up against the enemy. (vs. 11b)
III. The Enduring during Warfare. (vs. 12-18)
A. Loins girded with truth. (vs. 12-14a)
B. Breastplate of righteousness. (vs. 14b)
C. Feet shod with preparation of the Gospel of peace. (vs. 15)
D. Shield of faith. (vs. 16)
E. Helmet of salvation. (vs. 17a)
F. Sword of Spirit (Word of God). (vs. 17b)
G. Prayer. (vs. 18)
IV.The Encouragement for Warfare. (vs. 19-2 4)
A. Encouragement came through communication. (vs. 19-21)
B. Encouragement comes as comfort. (vs. 22-24)
CONCLUSION: The battle can be fought and the victory won, if we go into battle and fight God’s way!