Reading Paul, Hearing Jesus (GEPC)
Armed and ready, we face the foe. But this is not your typical armor. We’re armed with truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation and God’s word. Top it off with prayer and the powers of this dark world don’t stand a chance.
Monday, June 2
Read Ephesians 6:10-23. Who is our “struggle” against if it’s not “flesh and blood?” How does the armor of God protect us and arm us in that struggle? Give some practical examples of how that struggle plays out in daily life.
Tuesday, June 3
After reviewing Ephesians 6:10-23, read 1 Peter 4. Peter also advises Christians to “arm yourselves.” What should we arm ourselves with? What are we defending ourselves from? Will our “armor” keep us from suffering? Why?
Wednesday, June 4
After reviewing Ephesians 6:10-23, read Luke 12:35-48. Jesus describes what a watchful servant looks like. How should we behave in preparation for Jesus’ return? What do we need to keep doing? What should we stop doing?
Thursday, June 5
After reviewing Ephesians 6:10-23, read 1 John 5. John puts the same struggle in terms of “overcoming.” Who has overcome the world? How? What is on the hearts of those who have overcome the world?
Friday, June 6
After reviewing Ephesians 6:10-23, read Luke 18:1-8. Paul encourages the people to “always keep on praying.” Does persistence matter? Why? What kinds of things should we pray for with such persistence?
Saturday, June 7
After reviewing Ephesians 6:10-23, read 2 Corinthians 5. What kind of clothing do we long for? What do we have in the meantime? How can we wear the armor of God and be his ambassadors at the same time?
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