Dress for the War (Ephesians 6:10–17)

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Sermon Notes

Put on armor so you can stand against the devil’s schemes.

2 Implications:

            1. You can get knocked down

            2. The devil is scheming

The war is spiritual and requires spiritual armor.

            The enemy: world-wielding agents of darkness

            The armor:

  • Belt of Truth: So lies won’t strip us.
  • Breastplate of Righteousness: So condemnation won’t stick.
  • Shoes of Gospel Readiness: So we won’t be evangelistically lazy or idle.
  • Shield of Faith: So doubt won’t pierce us.
  • Helmet of Salvation: So our identity is fixed.
  • Sword of the Spirit: To kill the devil's threats.

Personal Reflection

  • Look through the armor below and identify which areas you would say are most vulnerable to attack.
  • How are you arming yourself with the sword of the Spirit (the Scriptures) each day? If you don't have a plan, start one. Consider one of these Bible reading plans: http://www.ligonier.org/blog/bible-reading-plans/
  • Identify what things distract you from meditating on God and His word. What will you do today to fight that distraction?
  • Have you exchanged the breastplate of Christ's righteousness with one of self-righteousness? Do you find that you always have to justify yourself? How would it look if you were diligent to wear the breastplate of Christ's righteousness?

 

Family Discussion

  • Ask your kids what the armor of God is. 
  • Each night this week explain a different piece of God's armor from our passage to your kids.
  • Talk with your spouse or a friend about specific areas where you think you are vulnerable and where you need the armor of God.
  • Pray as a family for the protection of our church family from the schemes of the devil.