Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 1st November 2015
Quarter Theme: Living by Faith
Topic: The Fight of Faith
Texts: Ephesians 6: 10-16; Hebrew 11: 29-40
Memory Verse: 1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”
Apostle Paul often uses active and forceful verbs to describe the Christian life e.g. flee, pursue, fight, lay hold. This indicates that a Christian should not be passive, but must have an active faith, obeying God with courage and doing what is right at all times. The word “fight” is defined in the dictionary as “to strive vigorously and resolutely, as in trying to overcome something” The fight of faith indicates that there is strive or struggle for the faith of a believer, a strive which is not physical (fresh and blood), but spiritual (Ephesians 6:12). The ultimate aim of this struggle, is to weaken the faith of the believer. Spiritual struggle is a normal process in the life of a believer. There is pressure from unholy, unseen forces that try to force their agenda of doubt, lies and temptation onto the life of believers. Unrighteous influences do not rest in their quest to make believers in Jesus restless in their faith and pulling our hearts away from following Christ. Evil authorities of darkness look for ways to create fear and uncertainty in our faith in this spiritual struggle.
The good news is that Christ has provided us with all that is required to overcome this fight (2 Peter 1:3). The Christian’s weapons have been divinely provided in Christ. The weapons we use in the fight of faith has the power to demolish strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4) and assured by God. Engaging the “full armor of God” is putting on the armor which our Lord girded Himself, when He set out to bring about the salvation of His own in an evil day. Notice in Ephesians 6: 11, that it’s a command to “put” on the “full” armour of God and to depend on his mighty power to fight the fight of faith. Each of the weapon is important, you cannot take one and leave the other, all are important.
The Word of God proclaims the message of the final victory in Christ. With that flag of victory waving out in front of us we are spurred on in the daily fight of faith with battles against sin, deceit and the forces of evil. With Christ as our anchor, we put on His full armor and take on the attacks made against our Christian faith. With victory assured, we are encouraged not to shy away from the fight of faith. The heroes of faith, who went before us, where commended for the good fight of faith, which they fought to the end. Will the Lord commend you?
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
1. Paul tells Timothy to fight the good fight of faith. Why does he say the fight is “good”?
2. How can we fight the fight of faith? 1 Peter 5:8-11, Ephesians 6:10-11. Where do the strength to fight come from?
3. Discuss the purpose and use of the each piece of armor equipment described in Ephesians 6: 14-17
4. Please share with the group, what you leant and resolved to do, from this study and the sermon.