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TITLE: Tomato Frog

TEXT: 1 Peter 3:13-17

PROPOSITION: Christians must be ready to defend their faith

QUESTION: When?

KEY WORD: Preparations

SCRIPTURE READING: Same

INTRODUCTION:

  1. In Costa Rica is a red "Tomato" frog.
  2. When attacked it emits a deadly poison.
  3. Attacker spits him out too late already injured and dies.
  4. Christians are often too late in putting up our defenses.

 

Defend what?

  1. The gospel Philippians 1:17 "set for defense"
  2. The challenge would defame, revile verse 16
  3. Our hope verse 15 "be ready to answer reason for hope"
  4. Ourselves Acts 26:2
  5. Our baptism 1 Peter 3:21 "the answer (defense) of a good conscience"
  6. Against Satan Ephesians 6:11, 16 "put on whole armor of God"

 

Defend how?

  1. Ready always ready text
  2. Prepared Romans 1:15 "I am ready to preach in Rome"
  3. Study 2 Timothy 2:15 "to show yourself approved"
  4. Prayer Ephesians 6:18 "pray always being watchful"

 

Defend when?

  1. Always alert, on guard, watch Matthew 24:42 "Watch, no know day or hour"
  2. Before temptation comes Matthew 26:41 "not enter into temptation"
  3. Before darkness comes 1 Thessalonians 5:4-6 "not sleep, watch and be sober"
  4. Before you are trapped Luke 21:36 "counted worthy to escape"

 

Conclusion:

  1. The best defense is a good offence.
  2. Christians must be on the attack against evil.
  3. We must be pro-active not reactive.
  4. Sword of Spirit and Prayer are our offensive weapons.


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