The last two pieces of armor that Paul mentions in Eph. 6 are the helmet and the sword. Paul identifies them with salvation (specifically our future hope) and the word of God (scripture). When we're assured of our future hope, it gives us confidence in the fight against satan. We also need to know how to rightly use the sword (the Word of God) in the fight.
This Week's Action Step:
If you don't already have a habit or pattern of doing so, make a commitment to spend some time each day reading the Bible this week. Start with one of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) and work your way through.
Small Group Questions:
1. Out of all the pieces of armor that a soldier wore, why do you think the Apostle Paul chose to associate salvation with the helmet? Any significance to that?
2. Read John 6:37-39, John 10:27-30, Rom. 8:35-39, and Phil. 1:6. How does knowing these truths, or promises, give us confidence in our fight agains satan?
3. Why is it so important to have a high view of God’s Word? What does it mean to say that the Bible is authoritative and infallible?
4. Read II Tim. 2:15. How do we “rightly handle the word of truth?” How have you seen or experienced the sword (word of God) being used wrongly? In other words, how is it often misused?
5. Answer the first part of this question quietly to yourself. On a scale of 1-10 how well would you say you “know” the Word of God? (Got the number in your head?). Now, what are some practical things you can do over the course of this year to increase that number so that you can be better equipped to use your sword against satan’s attacks?
Songs from Today
Faithful To The End by Brian Johnson, Hannah McClure, Joel Taylor, and Paul McClure
Love Goes On by Joel Davies, Hannah Hobbs, and Laura Toggs
King Of My Heart by John Mark McMillan and Sarah McMillan
O Come To The Altar by Christopher Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, and Wade Joye
Tremble by Andres Figueroa, Hank Bentley, Mariah McManus, and Mia Fieldes