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1 1 THE GREAT BATTLE FOR SOULS (EPH. 6:10-18; 2 TIM. 4:1-8) [By Ron Halbrook]

2 2 Introduction Spiritual Battle Raging EPH. 6: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

3 3 EPH. 6: Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and Supplication for all saints;

4 4 Introduction Old Soldiers Pass, Battle Continues 2 TIM. 4:1-5 1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

5 5 2 TIM. 4:6-8 6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

6 6 Introduction God VS. Satan: Each Soul a Prize (Col. 2:8) God’s People VS. Satan’s People: No Middle Ground (Matt. 12:30) “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.”

7 7 Introduction Battle Til the End: Great Separation on Judgment Day (Matt. 25:31-46) 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in… 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

8 8 Introduction God Calls Us in Eph. 6:13-14  Vs. 14 Take a Stand: “Stand therefore”  Vs. 13 Stand in Battle: “that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day”  Vs. 13 Stand in Victory: “and having done all, to stand” Must Faithfully Fight to Receive Eternal Life 1 Tim. 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

9 9 THE GREAT BATTLE FOR SOULS I. Must Obey the Gospel A. Leave Satan’s Army, Enroll in God’s Army Jn. 3:16 God Gave His Son to Save Us Jn. 3:5 Holy Spirit Gave Gospel to Save Us B. God Calling Every Soul to Salvation Mk. 16:15-16 “All the world,…every creature” Acts 2:38 “Every one of you” Acts 22:16 “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

10 10 THE GREAT BATTLE FOR SOULS II. Must Rise to Walk New Life A. Rom. 6 Rise to Walk New Life, As Christ Rose from Dead Vs. 3 Baptism: Union with Christ, His Death Vv. 4-6 “Baptism into death” = “our old man is crucified…, the body of sin…destroyed” Vv “Free from sin,…servants to God” B. Denominational Baptism Not Biblical “Buried with Him,” Not Sprinkle or Pour If Saved Before Baptism, Bury a Live Man C. Obey from Heart, True Change of Life!

11 11 THE GREAT BATTLE FOR SOULS III. Must Draw Close to God Each Day A. Soul United with God or Satan Listen to God or Satan Pay Homage to God or Satan B. Two Different Directions Ps. 1:1-2 Way of Ungodly VS. Delight in God Ps. 55:10-11, Wicked Plans VS. Righteous Prayers

12 12 THE GREAT BATTLE FOR SOULS IV. Must Take God’s Word as Final Authority A. Gen. 6:14-16, 22 God’s Word Final to Noah B. Ex. 25:8-9 God’s Word Final to Moses C. 2 Kgs. 5:10-14 God’s Word Final to Naaman D. 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 1 Pet. 4:11; 2 Pet. 1:3 God’s Word Final Today Speak Where Bible Speaks, Silent Where It Is Positive, Divine Authority Bible Things, Bible Names, Bible Ways E. Preacher, Family, Friend, Majority No Authority

13 13 THE GREAT BATTLE FOR SOULS V. Must Be Member of Church of Christ A. Church of Christ in the Bible Matt. 16:18-19 Christ’s Promise: Church, Kingdom Acts 2:47; Rom. 16:16 Start in Jerusalem, Spread Eph. 5:23 Christ Only Head & Savior B. New Testament Church Not Denomination Name, Doctrine, Practice Found in New Testament Names, Doctrines, Practices of Denominations NOT Found in New Testament C. Heb. 10:23-25 Faithful, Active

14 14 THE GREAT BATTLE FOR SOULS VI. Must Resist Every Step of Apostasy A. Acts 20:29-31; 1 Tim. 4:1 Many Warnings! B. Many Small Steps in Ancient Apostasies Win Many Small Battles, Win Great Victory Result: Catholicism, Denominations C. Many Small Steps in Modern Apostasies Missionary Society (1849), Instrumental Music (1851) Premillennialism ( s) Church Donate to Human Institutions ( s) Church Sponsor Social Meal, Gym (1950s-90s) Solo, Choir, Drama, Instruments, Expand Lord’s Supper Recent Trends: New Cycle of Apostasy

15 15 THE GREAT BATTLE FOR SOULS VII. Must Keep Unspotted from World A. Ja. 1:27; 4:4 Worldliness: Enemy of God & of God’s People B. Many Forms of Worldliness Materialism Lascivious, Revel, Sexual Immorality Sins of the Tongue: Lie, Gossip, Curse Gambling Intoxication Pride in Family, Talent, Education, Possessions

16 16 THE GREAT BATTLE FOR SOULS VIII. Must Love God & Fellowman A. Matt. 22:37-40 Foundation of All God Teaches Total Love for God, Obey Him at All Costs True Love for Others Requires God’s Instruction “All the Law & the Prophets” Essential B. Rom. 13:9-10 Love Neighbor, Seek His Welfare Do No Harm Mk. 16:15-16 Seek His Highest Welfare 1 Tim. 4:16 Save Self & Others

17 17 THE GREAT BATTLE FOR SOULS Conclusion: 1.On Whose Side: God or Satan? 2.Take a Stand for Truth & Right: Desert Satan’s Army, Enroll in God’s Army! Christian in Sin: Repent, Confess, Pray Sinner in World: Believe, Repent, Confess Christ, Be Baptized 3. Put on Whole Armor of God, Fight to the End, Receive Eternal Life!


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