Happy Monday! It’s the third week of Advent and we’re to be lights in a dark world.
Accountability: You should be taking some time this week to evaluate your relationships (Eph 5:21-6:9).
Passage: Ephesians 6:10-20
Big Idea: Stand firm in your faith in the midst of a broken world.
Activity: Read the passage over a meal. Consider reading it in the ESV and The Message.
Discuss: Summarize the passage in your own words.
Discuss: How does reading the passage in the ESV and The Message help you understand the passage better? Does it raise questions?
Discuss: What word is repeated in verses 10-14. Why do you think that’s important? How does this help you understand the big idea of the passage?
Read: Eph 6:10-12
Discuss: Who or what does Paul say is the enemy of the believer? Who or what are NOT the enemy of the believer?
Discuss: Why do you think it’s hard for us to not see people as enemies? How does the reality of the enemy not being “flesh and blood” change the way you look a the world?
Discuss: Do you believe that there is a spiritual battle going on around us? Why or why not?
Activity: Have kids draw a picture of how they imagine the enemy that Paul describes.
Activity: For those with children, get some cardboard and have the kids make the different items listed in the passage.
Discuss: For the kids: Which item do you like best? Which one is the coolest? Which one would be most helpful at school, why?
Discuss: Which items in the passage are defensive and which are offensive? What do you think is significant about this?
Discuss: How does the word of God function as a sword in the spiritual battle? What role does Scripture play in your life? How often do you read it, study it, or meditate on it?