October 7, 2018

This Week’s Scripture ReadingHebrews 11:1

Click here to read Hebrews 11:1

Click here to read Mark 10: 2-16

Connection Points 10-7-18 (Shield of Faith)

“In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.” It’s not advisable to set aside your shield of faith no matter how clear the battle field ahead may appear.  Arrows and flaming darts can travel far distances and they can arrive quickly.  A small fire started by a fiery dart can grow into a raging fire quite quickly.  The shield of faith, gifted to you in Word and Sacrament, allows you to survive the fiercest battles of life.  This is not a faith in our own abilities or simply a faith that everything will turn out ok.  It is faith in our crucified and risen Savior Jesus.  After all, “It is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8

 

Connection Point Discussion Questions 10-7-18

  • Read Ephesians 6:16-20 and Ephesians 2:1-10
  • What stuck with you from the reading, sermon, or devotion about the shield of faith?
  • When is it most difficult to hold up the shield of faith in your life? When is it easier?
  • The shield of a Roman soldier was quite large. How does our faith cover us like a large shield?
  • Soldiers would often huddle together to form a type of barrier with their shields. How does coming together with other Christians help us today?
  • As we continue through this sermon series is there a particular piece of the armor that has resonated more than the others with you?