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Sunday, April 29, 2018


Courage #3
Duration:37 mins 36 secs
Courage #3
What you think about God will shape everything about you!

A Forgotten Attribute...God is a WARRIOR
  • He is more than a warrior; but he's NOT less.
  • Exodus 15:3, "The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is his name."
Cosmic War...In the beginning there was NO war...only shalom.
  • Romans 8:19-22
War In Heaven...A particular angel, it appears, jealous of the glory of God, led a group of angels into battle against God in heaven.
  • 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Revelation 12:7-9
  • Genesis 3:1
God Declares War...God doesn't declare war on Adam & Eve, but rather on the serpent.
  • Genesis 3:14-15
  • God would war against the enemy and he would rescue those who joined the enemy. He would eradicate sin and free sinners...that is what it means for God to be a warrior.
God's Warrior Nature...
1. God fights FOR Israel. Joshua 1:5-6; 9
2. God fights AGAINST his people.
    • As Adam & Eve did in the garden, the Israelites did in the land, betraying and rebelling against God.
    • This would eventually lead them to exile from the land.
3. The Hope of a Warrior to Come.
4. The Warrior Arrives.
    • It doesn't look like violence & destruction. It doesn't come through power and conquest. It comes through humility & weakness...through the cross.
    • Colossians 2:13-15
Cosmic Realities – Jesus was punished for OUR cosmic treason – so that we might come back under his rule, be forgiven and glorify our King forever.
    • The cross reveals him (Satan) as finished and defeated.
In the Church...every time we as saved sinners, gather to celebrate the gospel and we proclaim the gospel, God's unsearchable wisdom & victory is put on display.
    • The church reveals the bankruptcy and futility of Satan's plans in the heavenly realms.
5. Jesus returns.
    • You will bring glory to God by being an object of his grace, putting the enemy to an open shame OR you will be an object of his just, right wrath.
The Gospel has never been in fashion in a world rebelling against the maker.



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