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Never Doubt... Fight the Fight

Never Doubt... Fight the Fight

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21

Younger Set

  • God tells us in the Bible that our faith is a spiritiual battle.  Who are we fighting? (human nature, world's sin, Satan's evil) What are some faith battles you have faced lately? (adults can share and also help children come up with examples)

  • When people fight wars, they often carry flags with them into battle. Knights did it long ago, and our soldiers today still do it. Why? (Flags are a visible reminder of values we care about deeply and are even ready to die for)

  • (Prepare ahead of time - pictures or actual items of an American flag and a flag of surrender) What do these flags represent?

  • (Show the Christian flag image attached to this article) Where have you seen this flag before? (church or a Christian school)

  • You may have said a "Pledge of Allegiance" to our American flag.  Did you know there is also a "Pledge" to the Christian flag?  Let's say it together.  Repeat each phrase after me: I pledge Allegiance * to the Christian Flag * and to the Savior *  for whose kingdom it stands; * one Savior,* crucified, risen, and coming again * with life and liberty * to all who believe."

  • Did you know that God gives all His children a "living flag" inside of us that daily reminds us of Jesus and helps us fight faith battles?  This is the Holy Spirit who comes to live in us at our baptism!  Let's pray together right now and ask Him to help us always stay true to our Jesus of the Christian flag, and never wave a flag of surrender!

It is sometimes tempting to think... "I wish I had lived during the time Jesus walked on earth. I could have heard Him speak, and watched Him work His miracles! It would have been easier to believe in Him and live life daily as His disciple, constantly aware of His presence and power."

However, only AFTER Jesus ascended to heaven did He send His Holy Spirit to live in His followers... bringing comfort and counsel and courage. I am richly blessed that the Spirit is my constant companion!

The power of Pentecost - the power of God's Holy Spirit - is as real and effective today for ME, as it was 2,000 years ago for the apostles! May I "never doubt... but ALWAYS fight the fight!"

Points to Ponder - What are the vows that were spoken at my baptism, and re-affirmed at my confirmation? How am I experiencing the Holy Spirit's "streams of living water flowing from within me" (John 7:37-39)? in what ways does the Holy Spirit strengthen my faith and embolden my witness? How can my Connection Group help me grow in cooperating with the Holy Spirit?

READ Acts 2:1-21 NIV

2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.

5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’"

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