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  1. Understanding Spiritual Strength:
    • Ephesians 6:10 says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” How do you interpret the concept of being strong in the Lord? Are there specific Bible verses or personal experiences that help you understand this strength? (Related Scripture: Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”)
  2. Recognizing Spiritual Battles:
    • Ephesians 6:11-12 speaks of standing against the schemes of the devil and wrestling against spiritual forces. How do you recognize spiritual battles in your life? Can you share an instance where you felt you were in a spiritual struggle? (Related Scripture: 1 Peter 5:8 – “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”)
  3. Equipping with the Armor of God:
    • “Put on the whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:11). What steps do you take to put on the armor of God daily? Which piece of the armor do you find most essential in your life right now? (Related Scripture: Romans 13:12 – “The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.”)
  4. The Role of Truth:
    • Ephesians 6:14 mentions the belt of truth. How does truth serve as a foundation in your spiritual life? How do you ensure you are living in and promoting truth? (Related Scripture: John 8:32 – “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”)
  5. Living Righteously:
    • The breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14) protects our hearts. What does living righteously look like in your daily actions? Can you give an example of a time when righteousness guided your decisions? (Related Scripture: Proverbs 4:23 – “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”)
  6. Peace in Practice:
    • Ephesians 6:15 speaks of the gospel of peace. How do you experience and share the peace of the gospel in your relationships and community? (Related Scripture: Matthew 5:9 – “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”)
  7. Faith as a Shield:
    • “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith” (Ephesians 6:16). How has your faith acted as a shield against challenges or doubts? Can you describe a situation where your faith protected you? (Related Scripture: Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”)
  8. Salvation and the Word of God:
    • Ephesians 6:17 refers to the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. How do salvation and scripture work together to equip you in your spiritual life? How do you use the Word of God as a weapon in spiritual battles? (Related Scripture: Hebrews 4:12 – “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”)
  9. The Power of Prayer:
    • Ephesians 6:18 emphasizes praying at all times. How does prayer enhance your spiritual armor? Can you share a time when prayer significantly impacted your situation or outlook? (Related Scripture: Philippians 4:6 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”)
  1. Support and Encouragement in Community:
  • Paul asks for prayers to boldly proclaim the gospel (Ephesians 6:19-20). How can we support one another in proclaiming our faith boldly? What are practical ways to encourage and pray for each other in our spiritual journeys? (Related Scripture: James 5:16 – “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”)

Loving God – Loving People

  1. Reflecting God’s Love in Spiritual Warfare:
    • Ephesians 6:12 reminds us that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness.” How does recognizing the true nature of our spiritual battles help us love others more effectively, even those we may initially see as opponents?

Preaching the Word

  1. Scripture as a Tool for Preaching:
    • Ephesians 6:17 describes the Word of God as the sword of the Spirit. How can you use scripture effectively when sharing your faith? Can you share an example where a particular passage helped you convey God’s message?

Making Disciples

  1. Perseverance in Prayer for Disciples:
    • Ephesians 6:18 emphasizes perseverance in prayer. How important is prayer in the process of making disciples? How do you incorporate praying for and with those you are discipling into your routine?

Policy or Civic Involvement based upon Ephesians 6:10-23

Boldness and Wisdom in Public Discourse:

  • Ephesians 6:19-20 records Paul’s request for boldness in proclaiming the gospel: “and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.” How can we balance boldness and wisdom when discussing and advocating for policies based on our Christian values? What strategies can we employ to communicate our positions effectively and respectfully in the public arena?

Tracing Christ through the Bible in reference to Ephesians 6:10-23

Christ’s Victory over Spiritual Forces:

  • Ephesians 6:12 speaks of our struggle against spiritual forces. How does Christ’s triumph over these forces, as seen in His resurrection and ascension, affirm His deity? How do passages like Colossians 2:15 (“He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him”) support this understanding?

Tracing fulfilled prophecy in the Bible

Victory Over Evil:

  • How does the description of standing firm against the devil’s schemes in Ephesians 6:11-13 align with prophecies about the ultimate victory over evil? How does this passage affirm the fulfillment of prophecies about Christ’s triumph over Satan, as seen in Genesis 3:15 (the protoevangelium)?

Involvement in ‘Care Ministries” based upon Ephesians 6:10-23

Perseverance in Prayer and Action:

  • Ephesians 6:18 emphasizes the importance of praying at all times in the Spirit and being alert. How can we integrate continuous prayer into our care ministry efforts? How does staying spiritually alert and prayerful help us persevere and remain effective in serving others, even when we encounter discouragement or setbacks?