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Dr. Jay P. Cook, Pastor

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Protecting Our Minds
(Helmet of Salvation)
Ephesians 6:17
1 Thessalonians 5:8-9

1 Thessalonians 5:8-9 (NIV)
8 But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 6:17 (NIV)
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

                I was only in the ministry a few months when I was making a visit in the hospital and on the way out of the hospital on the elevator a mother and a daughter were on the elevator in distress – crying almost uncontrollably.  I asked if there was something I could do to help.  And the daughter in the midst of tears said that they had been told that her dad was going to die within the next few hours and they had to call the family.  I asked if there was a pastor that I could call to be with them.  She looked at me rather surprisingly and said something to the effect that she hadn’t thought about calling her mom and dad’s pastor, so I found out the name of the pastor and called him.  And I remained with the family till he got there.  In the mean time I asked the wife if her husband had made a commitment to Christ.  She said he had been active in the church for a long time.  I pressed on and remarked if he was a Christian – by her definition he was – then “isn’t it reassuring that he would be in paradise with his Lord.”  Her comment has bothered me ever since, “I sure hope that he will be in heaven.”

I sure hope that he will be in heaven!  Yes we have hope but our hope is in the promise of grace.  Salvation should not be just a hope but we need to be assured that we are going to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Where will you spend eternity?  I know it will be heaven because of Christ work in me.

Romans 8:31-39 (NIV)
31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died--more than that, who was raised to life--is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.




In the present aspect of salvation means freedom from the overwhelming power of sin.  Sin no longer has power over us, the believer.   Look with me at Rom. 6:11-14.

Romans 6:11-14 (NIV)
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. 14 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.











                Remember that it is the helmet of salvation that provides us the assurance and the hope to carry on.  We can be sure of that hope.  In your bulletin is a guide for you to stick in your Bible to remind you of God’s truth that protects you against discouragement and doubt:

We will have eternal life if we confess that Christ is Lord and believe:


We will be like Christ:

We will enjoy endless companionship with Christ:

We will enjoy complete health:

We will enjoy unending happiness:


 “The 1989 Armenian earthquake needed only four minutes to flatten the nation and kill thirty thousand people. Moments after that deadly tremor ceased, a father raced to an elementary school to save his son. When he arrived, he saw that the building had been leveled. Looking at the mass of stones and rubble, he remembered a promise he had made to his child: “No matter what happens, I’ll always be there for you.” Driven by his own promise, he found the area closest to his son’s room and began to pull back the rocks. Other parents arrived and began sobbing for their children. “It’s too late,” they told the man. “You know they are dead. You can’t help.” Even a police officer encouraged him to give up.

But the father refused. For eight hours, then sixteen, then thirty-two, thirty-six hours he dug. His hands were raw and his energy gone, but he refused to quit. Finally, after thirty-eight wrenching hours, he pulled back a boulder and heard his son’s voice. He called his boy’s name, “Arman! Arman!” And a voice answered him, “Dad, it’s me!” Then the boy added these priceless words, “I told the other kids not to worry. I told them if you were alive, you’d save me, and when you saved me, they’d be saved, too. Because you promised, ‘No matter what, I’ll always be there for you.”  Christ will always be there for us – He promised


Salvation is free, ... but discipleship will cost you your life.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer



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