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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