We’re now halfway through the first section of our three-part blog series on Christian discipleship. Six weeks in…and hopefully, you’re starting to see the pattern that’s developing here.
Thus far, we’ve looked at the progression of faith, as it works its’ way in and through our lives in Christ. In weeks 1 and 2, we looked at how all Christian discipleship begins and ends in Jesus of Nazareth and God’s free gift of salvation offered to any and all who might receive it. In weeks 3 and 4, we took a look at the amazing fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit that come into us and work through us as we journey alongside the Master. Then, in weeks 5 and 6, we discussed the on-going work of salvation that continues in our lives as we resist both the darkness that permeates our fallen world (Satan), and the self-consumption that dwells deep within our personal lives (Self).
Now, it’s time to get a bit more specific, as we delve into the inner workings of Christ as it manifests in lives such as yours and mine. Over the next six weeks, we are going to unpack six amazing tools that are issued to Christ-followers, weapons of our warfare that come directly from the hands of God the Father, through the Son, and by the empowering work of the Holy Spirit. Paul wrote about these six amazing tools of God, comparing them to the armor worn by a typical Roman soldier of his day. In his letter to the Ephesians (6: 10-18), he listed them this way:
The Belt of Truth.
The Breastplate of Righteousness.
The Shoes of Peace.
The Shield of Faith.
The Helmet of Salvation.
The Sword of God’s Word.
Join us now as we spend a week on each of these six powerful tools. Tools, which when prayerfully added into our Christian discipleship tool belt, will work in us, the fourth spiritual characteristic of a godly life: being a warrior for the Kingdom of God.
So what is God speaking to you today as we attempt to live the Christ-centered life?
Over a thirty-six week period, you and I will take a deeper look into twelve key characteristics of a godly life. In other words, we’ll take A Journey into Christian Discipleship. In order to keep all the blog sessions organized, we suggest you bookmark our Journey home page for ease of use. ENJOY!
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