Ephesians 6:10-20 Discussion Prompts

The following are simply prompts for study, prayer and conversation. There is no designed order to follow. It will not be graded. They are simply caves to be explored on the journey of life and faith. They do assume that you have a Bible present and open.

  1. In Ephesians 6, Paul’s focus returns to the sovereignty of God. While God’s power has resurfaced throughout the letter (1:11, 19-23; 3:16, 20), he clearly states here that we are only able to stand firm “in the strength of His might (6:10).” This is often easier said than done in the weekly flow of life. Rather than listen to what Scripture says, we try to solve our problems and tensions using our own (limited) skills and abilities. Where are you currently attempting to stand firm in the strength of your might rather than God’s might? What part of your life are you not allowing God to be a part of? Pause for a moment and confess this to God, acknowledging that He alone will ultimately carry you through life’s difficulties.
 
  1. Ephesians 6:11 informs us how we will be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Throughout the rest of the passage, Paul likens ‘the schemes of the devil’ to flaming darts (6:16) without ever really clarifying what the devil’s attacks might look like in our daily lives. Read the following verses taking note of ways that Satan has historically attacked followers of God.[1]
    1. 4:8-10 (also, Luke 4:5-8)
    2. 2 Cor. 11:3, 15
    3. 2 Cor. 12:7
    4. Job 4:13-16 and Psalm 91:5
    5. Acts 5:3 (cf. John 8:44)
    6. Job 1-2
 
  1. Christians are urged in 6:11 to put on the whole armor of God. Often times the reality is that we have only put on the parts of armor of God. Honestly reflect upon which parts of the armor you have not put on. Discuss with your group how you can better practice standing firm in that area of your life. Use a concordance or digital Bible to search for other verses that speak about how truth, righteousness, readiness, faith, salvation, and the word of God can prepare Christians to stand firm. Pray for each other with the full armor of God in mind.

 

[1] Question and scripture references adapted from Arnold, Clinton E. Ephesians, 2010.