This Week’s Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:10-13, Matthew 4:1-11
Connection Points 9-2-18 (Ephesians 6:10-13)
As we begin our sermon series on the Armor of God, we must never forget that spiritual warfare is very real. The devil, our own sinful nature, and the brokenness of this world are constantly looking to attack. We often make two mistakes when attacked by these spiritual forces. The first is that we try to “go it alone” thinking that our own strength, righteousness, and spiritual skill can get us through. We forget that this battle belongs to the Lord. He fights for us. Second, we forget that the most important battle of all has already been won at the cross and the empty tomb. We are not climbing the hill to attack. We are the victors standing atop the hill clothed in the righteousness of Christ.
So, put on the armor of God (Remember your Baptism) and stand your ground “in the Lord” as you defend and confess your faith, protect the weak, and love your enemies. Be in worship in the coming weeks to hear more about the gifts God gives you.
Connection Point Discussion Questions 9-2-18
- Read Ephesians 6:10-13
- What jumped out at you from the reading, sermon, or devotion this week?
- What comes to mind when you hear the term “spiritual warfare” these days?
- Make a list of some of the things this Ephesians reading tells us about spiritual warfare.
- In what ways do we wear the armor of God?
- Do you think the Church on earth is on the attack or on the defense? Or is it neither?
- Have you ever heard of the term “Church Militant” and if so what does it mean?