“Soldiers of Faith” (Luke 7:1-10; Ephesians 6:10-18), Sunday Nov. 05, 2017

Call to Worship       

 

L:         The Lord goes forth like a soldier, like a warrior against his foes.  

 

P:         Yet Jesus does not call upon twelve legions of angels to rescue him from the cross.

 

L:         The Lord shouts with a mighty war cry.

 

P:         Yet Jesus does not cry aloud in the streets nor quench a smoldering wick.

 

U:        God’s love is shown to us that while we were still enemies, Christ died for us.

 

Scripture (Luke 7:1-10; Ephesians 6:10-18)                     

Our first reading comes from the good news according to Luke. 

1After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum.
2A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death.
 3When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave.
 4When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him,
5for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.”
6And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof;
7therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed.
8For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.”
 9When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
 10When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

Our second reading comes from the letter to the Ephesians.

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.
11Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
14Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness.
 15As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.
16With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.

Here end our readings. May God bless our understanding.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Soldiers of Faith” (Luke 7:1-10; Ephesians 6:10-18), Sunday, Nov. 05, 2017

“Soldiers of Faith”

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