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Armor of God IV - Personalized World Missions (21 of 21)
Well this morning we are finishing up our study of Ephesians after some 21 sermons - all available for download or podcast.
- We have in Chapters 1-3 been introduced to a theological treatise on our ''calling''.
- In Chapters 4-6 Paul made much practical application of the Gospel in our lives.
- Now at the close of 6 he spoke of our spiritual warfare and this is where he lands the plane.
Let's work through the text and make mention of how they stayed in touch with their missionaries then we will talk about the current state of missions in our own Church. Distance from Ephesus to rome.
18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Pray that I don't fold, pray I don't chicken out- You say will Paul, you've been through a lot I think you can make it!
Remember this is the man who said in 2 Corinthians 11:24-28 (NASB95)
24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. 26 I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; 27 I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28 Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churc ...
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