Posts Tagged 'struggle'

Lingering in Worship: Contending

Lingering in Worship: Contending Sermon Audio Here

Ezra 4:1-6; Jude 1:1-6

When I think of the word “contending”, I think of boxing. I was never a fan until a good friend of mine took time to educate me about “the sweet science”. There’s as much preparation in boxing as there is in chess. They study their opponent as much as they study themselves. As we contend for the faith, what might we face?

How Can We Be Aware Of Spiritual Deception?

The Snare of Likely Fakery ~ Ezra 4:1-6

  • 1 Ask yourself: WHY would Israel’s ENEMIES want to help? What’s their motivation?
  • 2 they THINK they worship the same God; they DO NOT
  • 3 How to answer deception? Speak the truth (nope!)
  • 4/6 When you don’t play along, you’re going to draw ire; YOU’RE NOT ALONE

The Struggle of Living Faith ~ Jude 1:1-6

  • 1/2 remember, God has called you!
  • 3 USING your faith might be difficult; be prepared
  • 4 be on guard against false teaching that deviates from GRACE
  • 5/6 remember: God saves, but those who choose the wrong get judged for it

Our Faith is a GIFT that we’re intended to USE, not just possess! It’s constantly tested, because the world is DESPERATE to see authentic faith that goes beyond mere personal preference. Let them see it IN YOU.

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In This Corner…

In This Corner Sermon Audio Here


Ecclesiastes 7:15-23
“Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the main event, in the category of the meaning of life here on planet Earth, presiding over this match we have the Holy Spirit, the King of Kings and the Father of All, (pause) Now in the red corner, with a professional record of with numerous wins in the lives of fools, from the heart of the Adversary but living in countless minds all over the world, please welcome the Concept of Wickedness! (Pause) The opponent in the blue corner with a professional record of the Ultimate Win, through the work of the Son of God, and found in the lives of the saints, from before the beginning of time, please welcome the Concept of Righteousness!”

How Do We Live in the Midst of Struggle?

Find Your Sweet Spot In The Middle
Ecc. 7:15-23 We have to get out of the corner!

  • v16/17 – Don’t be holier than thou, or a smart-alec, and don’t be mr. wicked; live in the middle (which is where the fight is!)
  • v20 don’t pretend to be perfect, we all know better
  • v23 we know we’re going to fall short; don’t obsess about it

Bring Your Best To The Conflict
Rom. 12:3-8 Don’t just show up; TRAIN

  • v3 sober judgment w/ faith; admit weakness and strengths
  • v4/5 we are a TEAM – not just individuals (wrestling points)
  • v6/8 prophesying = proclaimer of divine concerns
    • serving = service as attendant, aide, or assistant
    • teaching = regardless of setting
    • encouraging = urge strongly, appeal to, urge, exhort
    • contributing = to give WITH (larger than ourselves)
    • leadership = exercise a position of leadership
    • mercy = be greatly concerned about someone in need

Let’s USE our spiritual gifts in the midst of life’s struggle! When all is said and done, the Fight has ultimately already been Won by One!


Pastor Ed Backell

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