When Jesus battled temptation, He weilded the sword of the Spirit, the word of God (Matthew 4:1-11). This is instructive for all believers. If we are going to overcome tempation and live a victorious Christian life, we too must take up the sword of the Spirit and embrace God's promises in His word. Our overcomer verses follow a theme each month. They are listed in our bulletin on a tear off portion so we can hide God's word in our hearts to live as overcomers.
April: Peace with God through Faith
April 2: Romans 5:1, "Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ"
April 9: Romans 5:2, "Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God"
April 16: Romans 5:3, "Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance"
April 23: Romans 5:4, "and endurance produces character, and character produces hope"
April 30: Romans 5:5, "and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us"
March: Philemon's Love and Faith
March 5: Philemon 4, "I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers"
March 12: Philemon 5, "because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints"
March 19: Philemon 6, "and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ"
March 26: Philemon 7, "For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.
February: Jesus Calms the Storm
February 5: Mark 4:35-36, "On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, 'Let us go across to the other side.'  And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him."
February 12: Mark 4:37-38, "And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.  But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, 'Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?'"
February 19: Mark 4:39-40, "And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, 'Peace! Be still!' And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  He said to them, 'Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?'"
February 26: Mark 4:41, "And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, 'Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?'"
January: The Gospel: The Message of First Importance
January 1: 1 Corinthians 15:1, "Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand"
January 8: 1 Corinthians 15:2, "and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain"
January 15: 1 Corinthians 15:3, "For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures"
January 22: 1 Corinthians 15:4, "that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures"
January 29: 1 Corinthians 15:5-6, "and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.  Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep."
December: The Birth of Jesus
December 4: Matthew 1:18, "Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit"
December 11: Matthew 1:19, "And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly"
December 18: Matthew 1:20, "But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, 'Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit'"
December 25: Matthew 1:21, "'She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins'"
November: The Greater Pleasure of the Reproach of Christ
November 6: Hebrews 11:23, "By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king's edict"
November 13: Hebrews 11:24, "By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter"
November 20: Hebrews 11:25, "choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin"
November 27: Hebrews 11:26, "He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward"
October: The Glory of the Lord
October 2: Ezekiel 1:22-23, "Over the heads of the living creatures there was the likeness of an expanse, shining like awe-inspiring crystal, spread out above their heads.  And under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward another. And each creature had two wings covering its body."
October 9: Ezekiel 1:24, "And when they went, I heard the sound of their wings like the sound of many waters, like the sound of the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the sound of an army. When they stood still, they let down their wings."
October 16: Ezekiel 1:25, "And there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads. When they stood still, they let down their wings."
October 23: Ezekiel 1:26-27, "And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance.  And upward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were gleaming metal, like the appearance of fire enclosed all around. And downward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him."
October 30: Ezekiel 1:28, "Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking."
September: Run in the Way of God's Word
September 4: Psalm 119:29, "Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law!"
September 11: Psalm 119:30, "I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me."
September 18: Psalm 119:31, "I cling to your testimonies, O LORD; let me not be put to shame!"
September 25: Psalm 119:32, "I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!"
August: Shout for Joy to God
August 7: Psalm 66:1-2, "Shout for joy to God, all the earth;  sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise!"
August 14: Psalm 66:3, "Say to God, 'How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you'"
August 21: Psalm 66:4, "'All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.'" Selah
August 28: Psalm 66:5, "Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man."
July: The Importance of Christian Love
July 3: Luke 7:47, "Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little."
July 10: John 13:35, "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
July 17: Ephesians 4:2, "with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love"
July 24: 1 Corinthians 13:1, "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal"
July 31: 1 John 4:21, "And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother"
June: The God of Peace
June 5: Psalm 3:3, "But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head."
June 12: Psalm 3:4, "I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah"
June 19: Psalm 3:5, "I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me."
June 26: Psalm 3:6, "I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around."
May (Missions Emphasis Month): Open Doors for Christian Mission
May 1: Colossians 4:2, "Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving."
May 8: Colossians 4:3, "At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—"
May 15: Colossians 4:4, "that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak."
May 22: Colossians 4:5, "Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time."
May 29: Colossians 4:6, "Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person."
April: The Courageous Faith of Three Young Hebrew Men
April 3: Daniel 3:14, "Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, 'Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up?'"
April 10: Daniel 3:15, "Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?"
April 17: Daniel 3:16-17, "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, 'O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.  If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.'"
April 24: Daniel 3:18, "'But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.'"
March: Trials Advance the Gospel
March 6: Philippians 1:12, "I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel."
March 13: Philippians 1:13, "so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ."
March 20: Philippians 1:14, "And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear."
March 27: Philippians 1:18, "What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice."
February: The Evidence of an Internal Work of Grace
February 7: Matthew 7:15, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves."
February 14: Matthew 7:16, "You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?"
February 21: Matthew 7:17-18, "So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.  A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit."
February 28: Matthew 7:19-20, "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Thus you will recognize them by their fruits."
January: Striving Together
January 3: Philippians 1:21, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
January 10: Philippians 1:27, "Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel"
January 17: Philippians 1:28, "and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God."
January 24: Philippians 1:29, "For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake
Janaury 31: Philippians 1:30, "engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have"
December: Giving to the Needy
December 6: Matthew 6:1, "Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven."
December 13: Matthew 6:2, "Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may ube praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward."
December 20: Matthew 6:3, "But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing"
December 27: Matthew 6:4, "so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."
November: The Beatitudes
November 1: Matthew 5:3-4, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
November 8: Matthew 5:5-6, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied."
November 15: Matthew 5:7-8, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.  “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
November 22: Matthew 5:9-10, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.  Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
November 29: Matthew 5:11-12, “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
October: The Lord is Faithful and Good
October 4: Deuteronomy 7:9, "Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations"
October 11: Lamentations 3:22, "The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end"
October 18: Lamentations 3:23, "they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness"
October 25: Lamentations 3:24, "'The LORD is my portion,' says my soul, 'therefore I will hope in him'"
September: Saving Grace is also Sanctifying Grace
September 6: Titus 2:11, "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people"
September 13: Titus 2:12, "training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age"
September 20: Titus 2:13, "waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ"
September 27: Titus 2:14, "who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works."
August: Christ Jesus Saves Sinners
August 2: 1 Timothy 1:12-13, "I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service,  though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief"
August 9: 1 Timothy 1:14, "and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus"
August 16: 1 Timothy 1:15, "The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost"
August 23: 1 Timothy 1:16, "But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life"
August 30: 1 Timothy 1:17, "To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen."
July: Praying for Your Church
July 5: Philippians 1:8, "For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus."
July 12: Philippians 1:9, "And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment"
July 19: Philippians 1:10, "so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ"
July 26: Philippians 1:11, "filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God."
June: Rejoicing in Trials
June 7: 1 Peter 1:6, "In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials"
June 14: 1 Peter 1:7, "so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ."
June 21: 1 Peter 1:8, "Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory"
June 28: 1 Peter 1:9, "obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls."
May: Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus
May 3: Luke 9:23, “And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’”
May 10: Luke 9:24, “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”
May 17: Luke 9:25, “For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?”
May 24: Luke 9:26, “For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”
May 31: Luke 9:27, “But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”
April: Endurance and Glory
April 5: 2 Timothy 2:8, "Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel"
April 12: 2 Timothy 2:9, "for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!"
April 19: 2 Timothy 2:10-11, "Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.  The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him"
April 26: 2 Timothy 2:12-13, "if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us;  if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself."
March: Lay Up Treasures in Heaven
March 1: Matthew 6:19-20, "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal."
March 8: Matthew 6:21, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
March 15: Matthew 6:22, "The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,"
March 22: Matthew 6:23, "But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!"
March 29: Matthew 6:24, "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."
February: The Work of Belief
February 1: John 6:25, "When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, 'Rabbi, when did you come here?'"
February 8: John 6:26, "Jesus answered them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.'"
February 15: John 6:27, "'Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.'"
February 22: John 6:28-29, "Then they said to him, 'What must we do, to be doing the works of God?'  Jesus answered them, 'This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.'"
January: The Unsurpassed Worth of Following Christ
January 4: [The Parable of the Hidden Treasure] Matthew 13:44, "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field."
January 11: [The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value] Matthew 13:45-46, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,  who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it."
January 18: [The Parable of the Net] Matthew 13:47-48, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind.  When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad."
January 25: Matthew 13:49-50, "So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous  and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
December: The Supremacy of Christ
December 7: Hebrews 1:1, "Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets"
December 14: Hebrews 1:2, "but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world."
December 21: Hebrews 1:3, "He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high"
December 28: Hebrews 1:4, "having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs."
November: There Is No Other
November 2: Isaiah 45:5, "I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me."
November 9: Isaiah 45:6, "that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the LORD, and there is no other."
November 16: Isaiah 45:18, "For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): 'I am the LORD, and there is no other'."
November 23: Isaiah 45:21, "Declare and present your case; let them take counsel together! Who told this long ago? Who declared it of old? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no other god besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me."
November 30: Isaiah 45:22, "Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other."
October: The Headship of Christ in the Church
October 5: Ephesians 1:19, "and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might:"
October 12: Ephesians 1:20, "that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places"
October 19: Ephesians 1:21, "far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come."
October 26: Ephesians 1:22-23, "And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,  which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all."
September: Justified by Faith
September 7: Galatians 3:10, "For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, 'Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them'."
September 14: Galatians 3:11-12, "Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for 'The righteous shall live by faith.'  But the law is not of faith, rather 'The one who does them shall live by them'."
September 21: Galatians 3:13, "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree'—"
September 28: Galatians 3:14, "so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith."
August: Taming the Tongue
August 3: James 3:6, "And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell."
August 10: James 3:7-8, "For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind,  but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison."
August 17: James 3:9-10, "With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.  From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so."
August 24: James 3:11, "Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?"
August 31: James 3:12, "Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water."
July: Love Is Not Partial
July 6: James 2:8-9, "If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself,' you are doing well.  But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors."
July 13: James 2:10, "For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it."
July 20: James 2:11, "For he who said, 'Do not commit adultery,' also said, 'Do not murder.' If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law."
July 27: James 2:12-13, "So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty.  For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment."
June: Present Yourself to God
June 1: Romans 6:13, "Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness."
June 8: Romans 12:1-2, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
June 15: 2 Corinthians 4:7, 11, "But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us… For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh."
June 22: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,  for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body."
June 29: Philippians 1:20-21, "as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."