The armour of God

Small Group Material: 
Week Commencing: 
21 Mar 2010
Bible Base: 
Eph 6:10-end

Week 10 Eph 6:10-end The armour of God Following sermon on March 21 (Andrew Shaw)
1)      Think back to the start of our studies in Ephesians. The first three chapters are about what God has done for us. Then Paul moves on to working that out in our daily lives. The Chinese Christian Watchmen Nee summarised Ephesians as
Sit – rest in what God has done
Walk – live your life in the light of what God has done
Stand – what do we stand in? This may make you think of a hymn or a song. Any thoughts?
2)      Why do we need armour?
3)      Think about how Paul in this letter describes our walk. (You could look back to the early verses of chapter 4). What aspects of our lives as individuals and as a church will the enemy target? (Often we think of evil in very dramatic terms – but the most dangerous attacks are more subtle).
Most of the pieces of armour could be interpreted in different ways; often we don’t need to choose as the different alternatives all tell us something. In each case, how does the piece of armour help us to stand against evil, and can you think of examples.
4)      The first piece of armour is truth. This could either be the truth (as in the truth of the gospel); or truth as in integrity.
5)      The second is righteousness; again there are two possible meanings. It could be the righteousness of our standing in Christ; it could also be righteous conduct.
6)      The third is the gospel of peace. Two possible interpretations – either the peace that the gospel brings; or the proclamation of the gospel of peace being itself a weapon in standing firm against evil.
7)      The fourth is the shield of faith – to extinguish the ‘flaming darts’ of the evil one. What might these flaming darts be, and how can faith help?
8)      The fifth is the helmet of salvation. How does our salvation help us to stand against evil. (If you have not thought about a hymn yet, think about Stuart Townend’s ‘In Christ Alone’.
9)      The final weapon is prayer. How can prayer be a defensive weapon? How can it be an attacking weapon?
10)   What do we learn from these verses about prayer?