Note to the Teacher
This week we live in love by moving. This image-rich passage calls us to action to put on the armor of God. Though the act of putting on armor draws up imagery of going to battle, the way in which this passage talks about the armor indicates it is preparing us to do a wholly different kind of work.
For example, the shoes which would be carrying the Roman soldier into a battle where he would fight to the death at the direction of his commanding officer play a different role in these verses. Here the shoes carry us out to share the “gospel of peace.” This dramatic imagery invites compelling discussion as to how this passage calls us to live in the world.
To that end, it is important to note that the text doesn’t end with the sword (Ephesians 6:17) but with prayer (vv. 18-20).
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1. Superhuman Aspiration
Take each of these questions on their own allowing the group to share an answer before continuing to the next one.
2. Read Scripture
This scripture passage is full of imagery. Consider inviting students to close their eyes and visualize the scripture as someone reads it.
Read: Ephesians 6:10-20
Before you begin the discussion, take a moment to talk about how this passage ends with prayer and in some ways subverts the violent war-focused side of the metaphor.
Have students look at the list and reflect personally on these questions. Then give them time to share with the group some of their thoughts:
4. Activity and Discussion:
Take this lesson to the next level by getting students’ whole bodies involved using the activity “Armor Prayers” from the Youth Worker Collective available at www.youthworkercollective.com/armor-prayers-a-creative-prayer-activity-to-explore-ephesians-6
Close in prayer spending specific time thanking God for things that have happened in the present and past.