Author: Jim Tyson

Reverend Jim Tyson is the Senior Pastor of City Church York. Jim and his wife Jean came to the Lord in 1980 and Jim has been involved in various ministries since 1986. He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister February 2002. Jim and Jean have 5 boys - Joshua, Daniel, Caleb, Jonathan and Nathaniel.
The Enemy We Engage, Spiritual Warfare, Ephesians 6:12-13, Pastor Jim Tyson, June 11, 2017

The Enemy We Engage, Spiritual Warfare, Ephesians 6:12-13, Pastor Jim Tyson, June 11, 2017

Ephesians 6:12-13

English Standard Version (ESV)

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 

Put on God’s Armor, Spiritual Warfare, Ephesians 6:10-20, Pastor Jim Tyson, June 4, 2017

Put on God’s Armor, Spiritual Warfare, Ephesians 6:10-20, Pastor Jim Tyson, June 4, 2017

 

Ephesians 6:10-20

English Standard Version (ESV)

The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Easter’s Over, Now What?

Easter’s Over, Now What?

Easter is fresh behind us where our thoughts were turned to the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus but the question that looms is, “How well do we really understand the sin that made Easter necessary?”

Not simply the individual moral failures of people. The ways in which we do what we shouldn’t or don’t do what we should. These individual failures each hold the essence of the ultimate failure. Focusing on and calling out the specific instances may be necessary and appropriate but if our attention is only here will we fail to really see the underlying issue. We will miss the forest for the trees.

In every instance of sin, it’s not merely that we did something wrong, that our behavior was bad, it’s that we’ve disobeyed God. For believers that seems obvious but often we think least and shallowest about that which is evident yet most profound. It is on this I want us to think.

On April 20th, four hours into our trip to Indiana, we got a call from one of the friends who was watching our dogs. She found one of our greyhounds dead. He was a gentle and sweet boy who had lived a long life for his breed. He was also the third greyhound we have lost. Two of those were to cancer. At times when I think about it I get angry. Not at death nor, as we are want to do at times, with God but with sin because I realize that God didn’t throw the first punch. Death is here precisely because we disobeyed God. The state of our world, its brokenness, violence, pain, and death, rests at our feet.

When we see the heartaches of our world let’s get angry at their cause – Sin – and set about doing the only thing that can change it – With Love, Grace, and Extended Hand, Proclaim the Risen Savoir!