ChrisChris McGuire is from Portadown, Co. Armagh. Chris attended the Irish Baptist College where he obtained his Bachelor’s of Divinity Degree. He enjoys playing music and singing, and is passionate about leading God’s people in praise. Chris’ desire is to see God’s Word taught in a way that captivates and engages those who hear it. In his spare time Chris enjoys cycling, badminton, rugby and is a keen photographer. Like Kieron & Mark, Chris also enjoys a good coffee.

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Stand Up & Stand Firm

Being a Ministry Apprentice is a really exciting role, giving me great opportunities to engage in a wide range of ministry experiences. One of the opportunities that I tend to grab with both hands is the chance to speak and teach from the Bible. I had the great privilege of joining the Christian Union at University College Dublin a couple of weeks ago to share with them from Ephesians 6:10-20; a passage with a heading “the whole armour of God,” which is great in describing what will be said underneath, but lacks the reality of the passage’s command – STAND UP & STAND FIRM. Verse 10 adds the weight to the passage, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and the strength of His might.” Paul uses Old Testament imagery from Isaiah 59 when he talks about the breastplate of righteousness and the helmet of salvation, but much more is echoing through his illustration; Isaiah 59 also proclaims that God will send a redeemer to Zion – JESUS! I haven’t blogged in a while and I really haven’t been sure what to type over the past several months, but what has mused me today is that I can only be strong in the Lord and the strength of His might, because Jesus died for me. What I told the CU, focussing on preparation for an outreach week rests on the reality of what I have just described. Jesus’ death and resurrection, his interceding on our behalf, enables us to be strong, to take up the whole armour of God and to stand against the devil’s evil schemes. I write to encourage, so allow me to try; When Paul describes the armour of God, it is primarily defensive, the only part that is predominantly offensive is the sword of the Spirt, which is the Word of God. Now, let’s think about immediately after Jesus’ baptism, the Spirit led him into the wilderness, and when he was there he was tempted by the devil, but every time Jesus was tempted, he used the Word of God. As Christians, we have the ultimate weapon that we should really use a lot more. I know personally every day is a battle. I recall learning about the Battle of Hastings (1066), and I’m thinking, if I was there, would I have fought without my sword… NO, so why should I try to face the daily grind without God’s guiding through His word? James 4:7 has been going through my head, “submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you” – A real challenge for us as Christians. By submitting ourselves to God, we need to be in communication with him, which we know to be predominantly through prayer and through the Bible. Our knowledge of who God is, what he has done, and what he continues to do, is exactly the strength we need to resist the devil and to stand firm in God. We are strong in the Lord and have confidence in Jesus’ payment for our sins, that we can claim God’s protection (armour of God) and stand in all situations. Giving all glory for what the Father appointed, the Son accomplished and the Holy Spirit applies. God Bless, Chris McGuire Ministry Apprentice
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