Gird Your Loins With Truth

September 30, 2018

Summary

Sermon: Gird Your Loins With Truth  Ephesians 6:10-20
 
What is truth?  Truth is defined by God.  Is the church truly a buttress for the truth?  Let’s examine ourselves.  How far have we drifted since the Reformation?
 
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 By: Bryan Walker Given on: 9/30/2018  Sermon plays on KWHW 93.5 FM on: 10/14/2018
 
Sermon Notes
 
SERMON
 
Ephesians 6:10-20 ESV  
 
Gurnall, William. The Christian in Complete Armour
 
Last week
 
    1. WHY REPEAT – Take-up the whole armor of God
    2. STANDING IN THE EVIL DAY
    3. HAVING DONE ALL TO STAND FIRM
    4. THE SURETY OF STANDING
 
This week
    1. Stand therefore
        1. A call to action vs an acknowledgement of ultimate victory
    2. Having fastened the belt of truth
        1. The true doctrines (teachings)
 
Stand therefore
    • 3 uses of the word stand, (4) withstand means to resist or stand against
    • The stand here is the same word in verse 13, having done all, to stand firm
        • Verse 13 denotes the outcome
        • Verse 14 is a command to action, a call to stand by doing something
        • Here we learn how to stand with the individual pieces of Armor
        • Military expression, to stand
    • Stand therefore
        • If you have the means to resist the enemy, not doing so is treason
        • Will you surrender your post when you are fully armed?
 
Hebrews 10:38-39 ESV  
 
    • Will we fight against God or will we fight against Satan?
        • We press on in faith, knowing our God is greater!!!
 
    • What Satan lays on, God can take off; but who can ease, if God lays on?   [Would you rather die fighting for your prince or by cowardliness or treason against your prince?]
 
Standing in the place and rank you are called
    • Think of an army, with its order and discipline
    • Not everyone has the same position or rank but everyone is important
 
1 Corinthians 7:17 ESV  
 
1 Thessalonians 4:11 ESV  
 
Standing in truth
    • Personal Zeal – Book, The Lost Fleet, Dauntless (disorder in the ranks)
        • Worshiping as we see fit, not as commanded
    • Uzzah steading the ark (struck down)
        • Was he protecting the Holiness of God by not letting the ark fall?
            • He disobeyed a direct command to not touch the ark
            • It is MORE important to follow the commands of God
    • Nadab and Abihu, sons of Aaron were struck down for bringing strange fire
        • They brought the fire before the LORD not another God
            • God did not tell them to do this
    • The Israelites in their zeal to worship God made a golden calf
        • They still wanted to worship God but through a golden calf
    • Today, it doesn’t matter how we worship God but that we worship God?
        • The people wanted a golden calf, this seems practical
            • We want people to worship God, so let’s make worship according to what man wants
    • People want to hear a NEW word from God, this seems practical
        • We want people to show up to worship Him
            • Doesn’t matter what the Biblical standard is for a prophet
                • We just need to get them in the door
    • People what to hear what the verse means to me, this seems practical
        • We want to be relevant for each person, the way they are
            • Doesn’t matter what the verse actually means
    • How important is actual truth?
 
Our first piece of armor, Having fastened the belt of truth
KJV Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth
 
    • Girting the loins was preparing for action
        • Much of the meaning is lost in the ESV
 
Exodus 12:11 NASB  
 
    • Here the loins were girded so they were ready to leave Egypt
    • Girding your loins, means to prepare for war with truth
    • TRUTH is a MUST because EVERYTHING hinges on truth
        • Every sin Satan brings is a lie, starting with Adam and Eve
            • The battle is over truth vs. lies
 
John 18:37-38 ESV  
 
Truth is loved and prized by only those who know it.  
 
    • I’m going to read you several verses to show you how IMPORTANT truth is
        • My desire is for you to see this is a VITAL matter
Joh_1:14  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Joh_1:17  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Joh_4:23  … true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth,
Joh_8:32  and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Joh_8:44  You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Joh_8:46  Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?
Joh_14:6  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Joh_14:17  even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
Joh_15:26  “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.
Joh_16:13  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth,
Joh_17:17  Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
Joh_17:19  And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.
Rom_1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
Rom_1:25  because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
Rom_2:8  but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.
LOVE 1Co_13:6  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Gal_2:5  to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.
2Th_2:10  and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
2Th_2:12  in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
2Th_2:13  …God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
1Ti_2:4  who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1Ti_3:15  if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.
 
    • The true church of Christ is a pillar and buttress of the truth!!!
        • I “feel” what I believe is true!  Wrong! feelings have nothing to do with it
        • Open the Word of God and question everything you believe to be true
            • No one feels election to be true
            • It goes against our nature to yield to God’s sovereignty in all things
    • If we don’t examine our truths with the Word of God, we risk falling for a lie
    • It is time for a new Reformation – the world has creeped into the church!
    • Doctrine (teaching) is VERY important, truth vs. a lie
    • Today seems more wicked than history – such an open embrace of LIES
 
Gender Identity?  (society is starting to embrace this???)
    • 2008 Gender Identity “Disorder” – Diagnosed and treated mental disorder
Evolution Taught as a Fact
1661 The Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall
1859 Darwin & Evolution (entering the scene)
    • Prior to this how do you explain creation?
        • Picture of a painting, how did this come into being?
            • You would say there was a painter
        • A building, how did this come into being?
            • You would say there is a builder
        • Show you nature, how did this come into being?
            • This was random chance???
    • This is today’s academic standard?  To deny truth?
Numb to Same Sex Marriage
    • Guarantee our children are more open to it than we were
    • The world can do what it wants, but we MUST not let the world affect what we know to be true
Biblical Understanding of the Spouse
    • Can we find the truth of what the wives role is today, even in the church?
    • Can we find the truth of what the husband’s role is today?
 
Subjective (what it means to you) and objective (what it means) truths confused
 
    • Rhonda’s red velvet cake is the best tasting cake there is?
    • No, Dave Ward’s red velvet cake is the best tasting cake?
    • Have you tried all of the red velvet cakes?
        • If God said _____ cake is the best, then it’s ____ cake
 
    • Objective truth is not based on science but God
        • Science can verify truth, but truth comes from God
    • Gender, is not subjective, God made us male and female
        • Science proves this, not establishes it
    • Morality is not subjective BUT based on God’s law
        • Even before God’s law, Cain knew it was wrong to slay Able
        • What kind of world would it be to have no, objective truth?
    • Why does a woman’s right to murder her baby stop at X number of weeks?
        • North Dakoda 6 weeks
        • Arkansas 12 weeks
        • Oklahoma 22 weeks
            • Most abortions in Oklahoma is murder in North Dakoda?
        • Why can’t we give parents a 2, 5 and 18 year option?
            • Do you see how ridiculous this is?
                • We should also ban all gender reveal parties, how do you know what your baby will CHOOSE
                    • Back to the will of the person vs. God
 
The Doctrines of the Church – pillar and buttress of the truth
 
    • How much poison mixed with good food does it take to kill a man?
        • Plate filled with meat, bread and vegetables but a few drops of poison
        • A little leaven leaves the whole lump
    • Lady asked me why a Reformed Baptist Church? (Never forget it)
        • We need a reformation, no more strange fire, golden calfs to please the people
    • For example the VITALLY important Doctrine of Salvation
        • I challenge you to, look at the history of the Church
    • The modern alter call?
        • 1850’s for sanctification – Come before God as unworthy
        • 1900’s for salvation – Come to receive Jesus into your heart
            • Sinners Prayer???
                • Can one be saved who never repeated after me?
                • Does walking the isle or repeating after me save?
                • Will God reward you for your raising of the hand?
                    • If a reward then it is not grace
    • How is someone saved?
        • By hearing the word, by God changing the heart
        • By God revealing sin to the sinner and need for repentance
        • Not saved by the decisions of men or other men sparking emotions
    • Charles Finney – Almost worshiped by the charismatics
        • Revival is NOT a miracle, we can bring it about?
            • Now we schedule revivals
                • Use physical means to excite the person
                • The charismatics don’t believe in Preservation of the Saints
                    • Because man brings man in
    • So if saying a sinners prayer is the ONLY way, none were saved for 1800 years
    • To say we must do something, is what Paul had against the Galatians
        • It is God who causes us to see our sin
        • It is God who cuts us to the bone and we realize we need to repent
        • It is NOT, soft music, motivational speech but preaching the Word
    • Why was there a REFORMATION?
        • What was the concern of the reformers?
            • What you must DO to be saved was at the HEART
            • Has the church changed to meet worldly expectations?
    • The majority of the Baptist churches WERE reformed
        • Read the London Baptist Confession of 1689
        • All Protestant churches started off reformed
            • What is a Protestant church?
    • It’s not about what the people want but what God commands
        • How many churches are not warning against premarital sex?
        • How many churches is it totally acceptable to live in sin?
        • How many churches encourage seeking earthly things?
            • It’s a mess across the land
            • Are we unwilling to preach the truth because of what man wants
 
Gird your Loins with truth
The church is a pillar and buttress of the truth

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