All of God’s Armor|Ephesians 6:10-20| November 12th, 2017

Warm Up: Ephesians 6:10-20 has two essential components: First, we are told to “be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power” (6:10). Second, we must “put on all of God’s armor” (v.11). David Guzik explains why this order is so important. He imagines a high-ranking army officer talking to a new recruit: “Soldier, we are going to give you the best weapons and armor possible. But first we have to make sure that you are strong and that you can use what we give you.” Practice, conditioning, training. These are essential even before we put on armor. We are strong in the Lord and in His mighty power when we consistently abide in Jesus’ easy yoke. By cultivating a life of dependence upon Him, and by growing in intimacy with the Lord, we are able to stand strong. Why is the order of the two components listed above so crucial?

  • Read Ephesians 6:10-20 aloud. Every piece of armor is needed to fight the good fight. We are meant to engage the battle “head on,” which is why Paul makes no mention of armor covering the backs of our bodies. What is one detail in this section on armor that speaks most to you? Why? 
  • If 2 Peter 1:3 is really true (look it up), how will you choose to live differently when it comes facing the inevitable battles of life? 
  • On Sunday we looked at how each piece of armor is essential. For every attack of the Enemy there is a corresponding piece of armor. Walk through each of these as a group and discuss how these play out in your own personal experince: 

Deception ……………………………………… Truth

Doubt ……………………………………………..Righteousness

Discord & Disunity ………………………… The Gospel of Peace

Distraction ………………………………………Faith

Discouragement ……………………………..Salvation 

Demonic influence and deception …The Word of God

Disorientation …………………………………Prayer in the Spirit

  • John MacArthur writes, “Prayer is the very spiritual air that the soldier of Christ breathes. It is the all-pervasive strategy in which warfare is fought…Ephesians begins by lifting us up to the heavenlies, and ends by pulling us down to our knees.” Spiritual battle requires a deep commitment to prayer. What, if anything, needs to change in your life to help you “get there” when it comes to prayer? 

Wrap Up: Passionate root-level prayer is the expectation of every believer. This kind of prayer is so powerful yet can also be so hard! How might your Life Group move forward together in serious, specific, and strategic prayer? Would it make sense to hold one another accountable toward this? What might this look like?