May 26th: Lesson 12, Ephesians 6:10-24
- Think of a time when you were involved in a victory of some kind. What preparation was needed to get there? What are the feelings that come from being on the winning side?
Exploration and Reaction:
- What is the purpose of a soldier’s armor? Why does Paul advise Christians to equip the “full armor of God” (verse 11)?
- How does Paul describe a believer’s struggle to live for Christ? What kind of “schemes” might the enemy use to try to knock you off course?
- What does it mean to “stand your ground” in the battles you face?
- In what ways will a life of prayer benefit you in spiritual warfare?
- Why is it important to pray “on all occasions” and “keep on praying” when facing the enemy (verse 18; see also Luke 18:1-8)?
- What is Paul’s closing request to the Ephesian believers? What does this request tell you about what he felt his priorities and purpose were on this earth?
- In what ways are Christians like soldiers seeking triumph over an enemy?
- How would you define spiritual victory?
- How can truth, righteousness, and peace help you to stand against the enemy’s attacks?
- In what way is faith like a shield? How is salvation like a helmet?
- In what way is the Word of God like a sword? What would it take for you to feel comfortable going into battle with this “sword”?
- What degree of battle readiness would you give yourself? What can you do to each day better equip the armor that God has given to you?
What are some areas in your life where you need God’s armor to help you stand firm?