This is the first episode of a 3 part consideration of the spiritual armor Paul list in Ephesians 6. Before one can understand and interpret the various pieces of armor he must consider the whole suit on the Christian. A couple of verse in Paul's other writings can help as well as consideration of the context in Ephesians in which the armor is discussed. Romans 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
1 Thessalonians 5:8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-21
Text: Luke 2:4-5
Sermon Title: Joseph: Christ's Earthly Father
Sermon Theme: GOD CHOSE A DUTIFUL MAN TO RAISE HIS SON
I. Dutiful as a Citizen
II. Dutiful as a Husband
III. Dutiful as a Saint
There was little in the Old Testament priesthood which spoke of joy. All of our entrances unto God were bought with the blood of the innocent, and the whole system was designed to keep us at a safe distance from God… close enough to worship when commanded, far enough to escape destruction… But of joy, deep and profound; of joy, strong and insurmountable; of joy, empowering and uplifting; of joy beyond us and within us very little was known in the Old Testament. But in the coming of Christ, joy is both the commandment AND the reality. It is the flavor of our experience with Christ, for just as His life is ours, His joy is ours!
What does Christmas mean to you? In our culture, Christmas is a conglomeration of mixed beliefs and traditions. But what should Christmas mean to us? As we open our Advent series, we turn to a Messianic prophecy in Isaiah. Who is the Branch of Jesse and why should it matter to us? As we move through this holiday season, will you see Christmas for what it really is?
Grace & Truth Bible Church (GTBC)
Series: Romans 1-8
Message: 13 - Are You Justified Before God?
Speaker: Pastor Dennis Rokser
Key Verses: Romans 3:21-31
Pastor Dennis Rokser teaches the thirteenth message in the Romans 1-8 series, with a message titled, "13 - Are You Justified Before God?" reviewing:
A. The Explanation of Justification Before God By God's Grace.
B. The Righteousness of God in Justification.
C. The Conclusions Regarding Justification Before God.
D. How Does This Apply to You?
This Week on "The Friends of Israel Today" Radio:
Christmas is coming soon, and many people are searching for the perfect Christmas present. But only one gift is eternally fulfilling, and it's offered freely to everyone: Jesus! On this week's show, international ministries director Dan Price shares insight from his Israel My Glory article "One Righteous Christmas Present!" concerning our relationships with Jesus and the Law of Moses. As you consider how Jesus freed us from the Law's requirements and our slavery to sin, you'll find the goodness of the incomparable blessings we have in Christ, the greatest gift we'll ever receive!
Link to Show Notes: https://radio.foi.org/2023/12/01/december-2-2023-israel-my-glory-in-depth-interview-w-dan-price/
What difference does Christ make in the heart of a believer? Matthew 5:6 prepares us for the morning sermon on the Lord's Day. In this verse of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that Christ changes the objects of a believer's hunger and thirst, while feeding the believer and guaranteeing his full satisfaction.
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,  even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,  whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,  to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.  Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also,  since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.  Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.
Paul continues his assault on the lie that being under grace and not law is a license to sin! Man is a servant of sin or the only Savior of sinners the LORD Jesus Christ. Who are you a servant of there are only 2 options!