Even the most cursory consideration of the world around us reveals that we are living in an age of conflict. Political enmity is intense and our nation is greatly divided. International relations are fraught with uncertainty as nation after nation adopts policies of isolationism. Terrorism is fueling warfare, and potential violence on a local level is fostering concern over self-defense with a passion that approaches paranoia. Families are divided as people forsake honesty, integrity, loyalty and faithfulness in pursuit of money, sexual gratification, and selfishness. And as religion has become more corrupted and perverted, its potential influence for good has greatly diminished. While life remains extremely comfortable for the average American, there is a very real sense in which the world is crumbling around us.
In such circumstances, the natural tendency is to look for answers and solutions. The present political upheaval is a part of that process. When faced with crisis we often point the finger of blame at those with whom we disagree, whether politically, financially, philosophically, ideally, racially, or morally. And we generally expect “those in power” to address and fix the problem. What we often fail of, however, is the wisdom and perspective that appreciates the larger spiritual picture.
Our world is in conflict because of Satan.
The Bible portrays a war raging between the forces of God and the forces of Satan from the very beginning of man’s residence in Eden (Gen. 3:1-24). It is a battle that finds its roots in the spiritual realm, as Peter addresses the rebellion of even certain angels (2 Pet. 2:4) and Daniel offers a glimpse of the spiritual counterpart to international temporal conflict in Dan. 10-12. While we don’t understand from whence Satan arose and just why he is so intent in his defiance of God, we do know that we are a part of this battle, both as objects to be won and participants to be employed. We often think of the gospel as a call to peace, and indeed it is that which removes enmity between man and God and between disciples of Jesus. Yet the enemy remains active and deadly. The New Testament admonitions toward armory, preparation, and battle (2 Cor. 10:3; Eph. 6:10; 1 Tim. 6:12; etc) are more than mere imagery - they are calls to true warfare. The ungodliness of Satan is permeating this world more and more. Evil continues to spread and it is ours to stand up for right, truth, goodness and godliness. Thus, our focus this year is found in the instruction which Paul offered to Timothy - “Fight the good fight of faith” (1 Tim. 6:12). Souls are at stake. Our world is in desperate need of God’s good news. It is time for good people - God’s people - to engage the enemy and fight for our King.
As we mark the passing of 2017, we will focus much of our teaching and preaching upon those elements of our service that prepare and encourage us to stand up and do battle for all that is godly. And we welcome any who would enlist in God’s army and fight with us.
Click on links below to hear sermons from each topic:
Fight The Good Fight...
February - Appreciate The King - Psalms 110:1-2
March - Prepare Your Mind - 1Peter 1:13
April - Arm Yourself - Ephesians 6:11
May - Practice Discipline - 1Corinthians 9:25
June - Identify The Enemy - Ephesians 6:12
July - Be Strong And Courageous - Joshua 1:9
August - Be Patient And Persistent - Luke 21:19
September - Support Your Fellow Soldiers - 1Thessalonians 5:11
October - Provide Leadership - Joshua 24:15
November - Remember Your Homeland - Philippians 3:20
December - Remember The Battle Is The LORD'S - 1Samuel 17:47