Sermon Series: 57 Words That Changed the World
Messages on the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:5-15
The Lord’s Prayer informs, forms, and transforms us and the world. – Lisa Degrenia.
The Evil One in Scripture
1. A Cosmic struggle organized against God
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
2. The Evil One devours and destroys
1 Peter 5:6-8
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
3. The Evil One is a deceiver and liar
2 Corinthians 11:14
Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-10
The coming of the lawless one is apparent in the working of Satan, who uses all power, signs, lying wonders, and every kind of wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
4. The Evil One twists situations into temptations
Satan tempting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden – Genesis 3
Satan tempting Jesus in the wilderness – Luke 4:1-13; Matthew 4:1-11
Worship Resources for this Message
Renewal of Baptismal Vows
I renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of my sins.
I accept the freedom and power God gives me to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.
I confess Jesus Christ as my Savior, put my whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as my Lord, in union with the church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races.
According to the grace given to me, I will remain a faithful member of Christ’s holy church and serve as Christ’s representative in the world.
Study Resources for this Message
Lord, Teach Us: The Lord’s Prayer & the Christian Life
by Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon
The Lord and His Prayer by N. T. Wright
Fifty-Seven Words that Change the World: A Journey through the Lord’s Prayer
by Darrell W. Johnson
A Layman Looks at the Lord’s Prayer by W. Phillip Keller
Our Heavenly Father: Sermons on the Lord’s Prayer by Helmut Thielicke
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