CONGRATULATIONS my sweet sisters in Christ!! You have completed or are in the process of completing five weeks of lessons and homework. You should be so very proud of yourselves. You truly inspire me. It would have been easy to blow off this study because you have no small group leader holding you accountable. But you have been faithful. You have spent many hours mining the riches you learned in the very first chapter. Your comments reflect that you have done your work, listened for God’s voice, heard what He said, and obeyed what you heard. You will now be recipients of His wonderful promise that blessings follow obedience. He is changing you. He is growing you. He is making you more like Him.
NEXT WEEK WE WILL CELEBRATE YOUR WONDERFUL ACHIEVEMENT! Tune in to check out the celebration and the giveaway.
Below you will find our last week of homework. Dig in and dig deep. This is one of my favorite chapters in Scripture because Paul teaches us about the Armor of God. Every night since my children were young, we have prayed the Armor of God. First, I prayed it over them, but when they were old enough to pray, they prayed it over themselves. Bo, my twelve year old, still ends his prayers with it every night! If you have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or siblings, I encourage you to share this chapter with them. Teach them to pray God’s Armor over themselves. It is a powerful visual of God’s promised protection.
Below please find the fifth lesson and the homework and reading assignment for next week.
In addition to our celebration next week, I will post some closing thoughts, questions, and a special prayer on the Armor of God written specifically for this study.
Reading Assignment: Ephesians Chapter Six
Homework Questions: Please do as many questions as time allows. It is in your reading and studying that God will do His greatest work.
Father God, this is my last week of Bible Study. Thank You for all that You have taught me these past few months. Thank You for opening the eyes of my heart to see the wonderful things in Your Law. Thank You for teaching me new Truths that have changed my life. Father, I give You my heart this week. Take Your Word, the double-edged sword, and pierce my heart. Mold me and change me to be more like You. Use me, Lord, to do great things that will bring glory and honor and praise to You. Teach me to stand strong in my faith, to be a Light in this dark world. Give me courage to live out my faith no matter the cost. I love You, Lord, lead me down paths of righteousness, fill me with everlasting joy, use me, Lord, use me for your glory!! I ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN
1.AUTHORITY. This word makes me think of the lyrics in the song by John Mellencamp: “I fight authority. Authority always wins.” Are you someone who finds it easy or difficult to obey someone in authority over you? Does it depend on the person? The situation? If you struggle with authority, share your reasons.
2.Before we move on, please remember what Paul said in Ephesians 5:18, “…be filled with the Spirit.” Everything we are talking about presupposes a Spirit-filled, Spirit-controlled life. Philippians 4:13 says, “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” God has established patterns and principles by which parents are to raise their children. Obedience plays a huge part in God’s plan. Children are to obey their parents in the Lord. Read Ephesians 6:1-4.
a.Read Colossians 3:20. What does it say?
b.Read Ephesians 6:1b. What is the reason children are to obey their parents?
c.Read Exodus 20:12. What is it? What does it say?
d.According to Ephesians 6:2-3, what is unique about this Commandment? What is the specific promise?
e.What about compliant obedient children whose lives are taken in childhood? How do you reconcile this verse with their deaths? Do you think perhaps it states a more general principal? If so, what is it?
f.Read 1 Samuel 2:12-34. Relate this to our discussion. What does this speak to you about parents’ responsibility to raise their children to respect God and respect them?
3.I am sending you to a passage in Deuteronomy 21 that is very hard to read, but I want you to see how important this concept is to God. He made it one of His Ten Commandments, and He enforced it with the most severe of punishments. Read Deuteronomy 21:18-21.
a.How does Moses (the author) describe the son?
b.How does the son respond to his parents’ discipline?
c.What did the law instruct the parents to do with their son?
d.What additional information does verse 20 reveal about their son?
e.According to verse 21, why does the law require such a severe punishment?
4.Read 1 Samuel 15:10-23.
a.What does this teach about obedience?
b.What descriptive words appear in Deuteronomy 21:18 and 1 Samuel 15:23?
c.What happened to Saul in this story?
5.Why do you think God is so consistent about the sin of disobedience and rebellion?
6.Think back on your childhood and answer the following questions.
a.Were you raised in a godly home where you received godly training? If not, describe the kind of home in which you were raised?
b.Who did most of the training and discipline in your home?
7.If you have children, answer the same questions above as they pertain to how you have raised/are raising your children? Did how you were raised effect this decision?
8.Dr. David Jeremiah teaches that the primary word in the New Testament for the correction of children is not the word punishment, but paideia, (Greek word for training or discipline), which comes from paidueo – to train children, to chasten, to correct. Scripturally, punishment seeks retribution to right a wrong and is usually directed at those who stand in opposition to God. Discipline also seeks to right a wrong but it is focused on the future…to correct the wrong so it will not happen again. Discipline seeks to correct by means of instruction or discipline NOT punishment. Read Hebrews 12:3-12 and share the Biblical Truths you learn below.
9.To what must our instruction always to be tied? (See 2 Timothy 3:13-17). Why?
10.Do you think it is a coincidence that children are to obey “in the Lord,” and parents are to train and instruct “in the Lord?” Explain.
11.Today we study one of my MOST FAVORITE passages in all of Scripture and truly one of the most powerful and practical.
Read Ephesians 6:10-20. In this passage of Scripture, Paul tells us God has the power, identifies the enemy, instructs us to stand against him, and commands us to put on the full armor of God.
a.What does Paul instruct a believer to do in verse 10?
b.To what does Paul compare a Christian life in verse 12? Read Revelation 12:4, Daniel 10:13-20. How do these verses support Paul’s words?
c.What does Paul tell us to put on in verse 11? Why?
d.What are some of the Devil’s schemes and strategies? What does John 10:10 tell us the devil came to do?
e.Read Romans 8:31-39 and share how this passage relates to these verses in Ephesians.
12.Read James 4:6-10. Read Isaiah 14:12-15 (scholars believe these passages describe Satan’s fall).
a.What fleshly character trait is discussed in these passages?
b.What does God say about that trait in James 4:6?
c.According to James 4:7, when we do humble ourselves and submit to God what will the devil do?
d.According to James 4:10, when we humble ourselves what will God to?
13.Since we are fighting against enemies in the spirit world, Paul tells us that we need special equipment. In Ephesians 6:13-17 God has provided the “whole armor” for us. Paul commands us to put on the armor, take the weapons, stand strong, and pray.
a.Name each piece of armor and explain how each piece helps us in our battle against the devil.
b.How does the final piece of armor in verse 17, the Sword of the Spirit, differ from the other pieces of armor? (Hint: Read Hebrews 4:12). Also, read Luke 4:1-13 to see how Jesus uses the Sword.
c.When my son, Bo, was just a baby, I began praying the armor of God over him each night. As soon as he was old enough to pray out loud, the very first thing he prayed was the armor of God over himself and our family…every single piece in the armor he recited. He is now 12 years old and prays it over himself every night. Practically, how can you use each piece of armor to help you and your family stand against the devil’s scheme?
14.Read the following Scriptures and share how they relate to this passage in Ephesians.
a.2 Corinthians 10:3-5
b.1 Peter 5:8-9
c1 John 3:8
f.1 John 4:4
Blessings to you,