St. Paul urged the Christians of his day and the Christians of this day to put on the full armor of God. The armor of God included defensive items such as the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith and the helmet of salvation. But he reminded them to take up one offensive weapon… the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The sword of the Spirit, the word of God, is the weapon that allows us to advance against Satan and to grow as Christians. As a matter fact, you cannot grow as a follower of Jesus without His word. Of course, as a person can carry a sword and never use it, a person can read the Bible and never put it to use. Jesus emphasizes, “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” It is vital to hear and follow through active obedience. Then spiritual growth occurs as you experience God’s word in action.
Here at Resurrection Lutheran Church, we offer many opportunities for people to take up the sword of the Spirit, the word of God. At all of our worship services, the word is proclaimed. We have multiple Bible studies and small groups offered at various times of the week. For children, we have Sunday School, confirmation classes, preschool class, and youth groups. We have our great music program with groups for all ages where the word and music are combined.
Even Jesus, when tempted, took up the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, and defeated the Tempter. And when He was on the cross, bearing our sins, winning our salvation, He took up the sword of the Spirit, the word of God and twice quoted the scriptures.
As your pastor, I cannot encourage you enough to take up the sword of the Spirit, the word of God and grow as a follower of the Lord!
And take… the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17