The Church As An Army

The New Testament uses the military / army metaphor in the following verses: Ephesians 6:10-17, 1 Thessalonians 5:6-10, John 18:36, Philippians 2:25, Philemon 1:2, 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, Hebrews 4:12, 1 Timothy 6:12, 2 Timothy 2:1-4, Hebrews 2:10, 2 Timothy 4:7, Psalm 110:3.

How did Paul describe Epaphroditus and Archippus? Fellow ______________.

Which verses show that this is only a figure of speech…we do not actually engage in physical combat? Why is it important to make this clear?

In examining Paul’s description of the Christian’s armor (Ephesians 6:10-17) it has been observed that there is only 1 offensive weapon. What is that? What other parts of the armor and their application are meaningful to you?

How do these verses specifically identify the enemy we are fighting against?

  • Ephesians 6:11-12
  • 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
  • Hebrews 4:12

What role does Jesus play in this army? (Hebrews 2:10)

What instruction to soldiers do you see emphasized in 1 Thessalonians 5:6-10?

What reality of being a soldier do you see in 2 Timothy 2:3-4?

Finally, what type of army is God’s army according to Psalm 110:3?

What lesson impresses you the most when you think of the church as an army?

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