Stand Firm – Part 5: Shield Of Faith

Stand Firm – Part 5: Shield Of Faith

 Shield Of Faith
Stand Firm – Part 5
May 16-17, 2020
Dr. Jeffrey Allen Love

 Mark 4:35-41 

“’(Jesus)… Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?’” Mark 4:40 (p.764)

Series Key Verse:

“Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11 (p.898) 

  • Hold Up The Shield Of Faith. 

“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm…hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.” Ephesians 6:13,16 (p.898)

  1. Be at the ready. (attention)

“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 (p.937)

  1. Remember Jesus is with me.

“…And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 (p.760)

  1. Rest in Jesus’ power.

“’(Jesus)…Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.’” Matthew 11:28 (p.742)

Next Step: I will pray every morning “Lord help me hold up Your shield of faith as I stand firm with you.”

Discussion Guide from the Weekend Talk

From the Weekend Talk of May 16-17, 2020
Stand Firm – Part 5: Shield of Faith
Use this Discussion Guide to dig deeper into the principles from the Weekend Talk. Our Life Groups will use them, but we encourage you to discuss them with your family, or over the phone or online with friends.

Yes, our Life Groups continue to meet, ONLINE! Lif­e Groups use these questions to go deeper into what we talked about this weekend. Dig into them so you will be ready for the discussion at your Life Group. Please let us know if you would like to join a group. We are also looking for opportunities to begin NEW ONLINE Groups.

Conversation Starters

  • What is faith?
  • In what things or people have you ever placed your faith?
  • Has your faith ever been tested?
  • How do you remember faith when you are in the midst of a trial or challenge?

Qui­­ck Review

  • Looking back at your Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and related Bible verses from this Weekend’s Talk Notes.

  • This week Pastors Jeff Love and Steve Tanner highlighted One Thing to remember from this Talk:
    Hold Up The Shield Of Faith.”

    • Read Mark 4:35-42 (p.764*) and Ephesians 6:10-16 (p.898*)
      • Do you relate to the disciples in the boat with Jesus?
      • What did they miss? What did they do right?
      • Why do you think Jesus rebuked the disciples?
      • Jesus calmed this storm. Is that always the way He works? Does he calm every storm?
      • What fears have you had to face? How did faith factor in?

Jeff and Steve discussed some “best practices” for holding up the shield of faith.

  • Be at the ready. (1 Peter 5:8 (p.937*))
    • Have you ever felt like the enemy was prowling around you?
    • How do you stay ready?
    • What strategies are you using to knock down the “fiery arrows” (Ephesians 6:16)?
  • Remember Jesus is with me. (Matthew 28:20 (p.760*))
    • When are you most likely to remember Jesus is with you?
    • When are you most likely to forget?
    • What is the circumstance surrounding the delivery of these words from Jesus?
    • How does knowing Jesus is with you affect your day-to-day life?
  • Rest in Jesus’ power. (Matthew 11:28-30 (p.742*))
    • Why is rest important?
    • Are you very good at resting? How do you rest? How do you rest in Jesus?
    • What heavy burdens are you carrying?
    • How does the Shield of Faith and Armor of God help you rest?

Digging Deeper

Read together some of the following passages and consider these questions:

  • How is faith described or what is said about faith?
  • What difference does faith make in this passage?
  • How can you exercise this kind of faith? i.e. how is this kind of faith relevant to you?
  • Who do you know who has shown this kind of faith?
  • Hebrews 11:1-2, 6 (p.926*)
  • Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
  • Genesis 15:5-7 (p.12*)
  • Ephesians 3:12 (p.896*)
  • Philippians 1:27 (p.899*)

Next Step

  • My Next Step: ____ I will pray every morning “Lord help me hold up Your shield of faith as I stand firm with you.”


  • Pray now for those in leadership in our country, state, community and church. Pray for unity and community in these unusual times. Pray that the people experiencing church online would also engage in deeper ways with Jesus and His Church.

This Weekend

This weekend we continue our Talk Series: Stand Firm as we turn our attention to the Helmet of Salvation.

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