THE ARMOUR FOR BATTLE
Background Text: Eph.6:10-20
Memory Verse: “Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Eph.6:11).
Having looked at what the faith is, how it was from the beginning and how it is now, we acknowledge that the enemy (Satan) is contending seriously with the faith and has caused some to the body of Christ. But we also see God telling us to earnestly contend for the faith using the weapons He has provided. Hence,
we need to be equipped for the battle against the arch enemy of the Church. May he give us light as we study on. Amen.
- In your own words, what is a weapon and what is it used for?
- Some physical weapons are sword, gun, club, propaganda. Mention others (i.e. physical weapons) and how they are used by the Church in our time. ___________________________________________________________________________
- Should the Church use physical weapons in her battles? Discuss___________________________________________________________________________
- From Matt.26:50-53, 2Cor.10:3-4, Eph.6:11-12, what are the different forms weapons? Which form of weapon do we need to contend for the faith and why? ___________________________________________________________________________
The Armour of God (Eph.6:11-19, 2Cor.10:4b-6)
- From the scriptures above, what is the armour of God? ___________________________________________________________________________
Mention the contents of the armour of God and some things that they will contend against. ______________________________________________________________________________
- From the weapons mentioned above, we will do a further study on two of them.
THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT – GOD’S WORD (Eph. 6:17)
- What is a sword and how is it used? _____________________________________________
- What is the word of God? 1Pet.2:2_______________________________________________
- Who does it point us to? Jn.1:1-5, 14, 17; Heb.1:1-2. ________________________________
- What is the implication of God’s word as a sword? _________________________________
Purpose of God’s Word
From the following scriptures, what is/are the purpose(s) of God’s word?
- 2Tim.3:16 – 17 ______________________________________________________________
- Ps. 119:9, 11, 130 ____________________________________________________________
- Deut. 4:6 ___________________________________________________________________
- Mention others.
Wrong uses of God’s Word
From these scriptures, discuss what we use God’s word for in our days and give some practical examples.
- Jer. 23:17 – 21, 25 ___________________________________________________________
- Jude 4_____________________________________________________________________
- 2Pet. 2:1, 18 – 19 ____________________________________________________________
- 2Tim.3:1 – 5 ________________________________________________________________
What do we need to do and why?
Looking at the manner the word of God has been mishandled in our time, what does God expect from us as his children?
- Jude 1:3____________________________________________________________________
- Deut. 4:15 – 1 19 ____________________________________________________________
- 2Tim. 4:2 – 5 _______________________________________________________________
- 2Tim:14 – 16 _______________________________________________________________
For all that look forward to inheriting eternal life, the only way is to God is Jesus Christ and God has revealed Him to us in His word.
- What is Christ’s admonition to us in a time like this? Mk. 13:21 – 23, 2Pet. 3:17 – 18. Beware!
THE HELMET OF SALVATION (Eph. 6:17)
- What is a helmet and how is it use? ______________________________________________
- What is salvation? Jn. 1:12, 3:14 – 17; Matt. 18:3, Acts 2: 38__________________________
- What is the implication of salvation as a helmet?____________________________________
The need for salvation
- We all need to be saved for the following reasons:
- All have sinned: Rom. 5:12, Gen. 5:3.
- To inherit God’s kingdom: Jn. 3:3-5.
- It is the minimum basic qualification for service: Acts 9:17.
Wrong concepts of salvation
- Morality: 1Jn. 2:4 (Morality is good but it is not salvation).
- Service/ministry: 1Cor. 13:1 – 3 (Being involved in service/ministry is not equal to being born-again).
- A means to acquire material things: 1Tim. 6:5
Competition/Seeking approval of men-2Cor.11:12. Mention others.
What do we need to do?
- Do not add or take away from the scriptures: Deut.4:2.
- Beware of the philosophy of men and logic: 2Pet. 1:16.
- Let all your teachings point to Jesus: Acts 4:12.
- Preach genuine repentance: Acts 2:37-38.
- Keep reminding the brethren about righteousness and iniquity: 2Pet. 1:12-13, 1Jn. 2:1a, 2Jn. 1:5, Jude 5.
In summary, salvation is God’s gift of redemption to us through the death of Jesus Christ. It offers us from eternal damnation as we acknowledge ourselves as sinners, repent from our evil ways and live the new life of righteousness in Christ. It is not a means to selfish gain but a means to fulfill God’s ultimate plan for man. Rom. 8:28-30.
God’s weapons are given to us to advance his kingdom on earth and not to achieve our selfish ambitions. Notwithstanding, we see in 3Jn .1:2 that God cares for our other (financial, health, marital, academic etc) needs and so He speaks to us in Matt. 6:33. Therefore, all that will prosper on earth and not lose their souls must seek God’s kingdom first in everything they do. Let us pray.
Background Text: Heb.12:14-24
Memory Verse: “But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do” (1Pet.1:15)
Holiness is the most unpopular subject of discussion in our churches today. It is treated with disdain and lamentably given less attention on the pulpit. This is because Satan knows well the power of true holiness, the immense injury which increased attention to it will do to his kingdom. Without holiness, no one will see God, so all professing Christians must pay careful attention to it. May our hearts be simple enough to understand that nothing else can be a substitute for holiness. Amen.
Meaning of Holiness
From Ps. 1:1-3; 119:104,128; 1Pet: 1:14-15, what is holiness?____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
God is described as holy (Is.6:3, Rev.5:4). What does this mean? (Heb.1:2)_________________ _____________________________________________________________________________.
From Is.6:5, Isaiah saw God’s holiness; how did this affect his life?_______________________ _____________________________________________________________________________.
What was his response to God’s call when he saw His holiness?__________________________.
Holiness is the habit of being one in mind with God. It is the habit of agreeing with God’s judgment (hating what he hates and loving what he loves) and measuring everything in this world by the standard of His word. He who most entirely agrees with god is the most holy man.
Desires of a Holy Man
Highlight the desires of a holy man from the following scriptures:
Rom.8:29a____________________________________________________________________, Eph.4:32______________________________________________________________________, Phil.2:5-9_____________________________________________________________________, 1Jn.2:6_______________________________________________________________________.
Practical Life of Holiness
From the following scriptures, what are some practical things that produce holiness?
Gal.5:22-23___________________________________________________________________, James 3:10____________________________________________________________________, 1Jn.2:16______________________________________________________________________, 1Cor.9:27_____________________________________________________________________, Dan.6:5_______________________________________________________________________, Acts 9:36_____________________________________________________________________.
The Need for Holiness
What is the need for holiness? Matt.5:20_____________________________________________, 1Thes.4:3_____________________________________________________________________,
Eph.5:25-26___________________________________________________________________, Jn.14:15,21____________________________________________________________________, Rev.21:27_____________________________________________________________________.
How to be Holy
You must be born-again-Jn.1:12, 3:3-5, Acts 5:31
Look and keep looking unto Jesus-Heb12:2, Phil.4:13
Forget the past and begin a new life-2Cor.5:17
Yield yourselves to God-Ez.36:25-27.
Our Christian journey is not only for this life (1Cor.15:19) so we must strive to enter God’s eternal home; God therefore demands that we be holy if we will reign eternally with Him. Let us meditate on 1Pet.1:14-15 as we pray.