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The Helmet and the Sword (40 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
On our final week of studying the letter to the Ephesians, we are going to learn about a warriors most important pieces of armor, the helmet and the sword. You do not want to go into the battles of life without knowing how to use these important weapons that God has given us. God has equipped us to win every battle. We are are not alone and we are not unprepared to fight this fight. Let's learn how this revelation will prepare us to live in the victory that God has already won for us.
Main Scripture: Ephesians 6:17-20
EQUIP: Hope and living words prepare us to win.
Have your group read EPHESIANS 6:17-24 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.
Teaching Point 1: The hope of salvation!
- We ''wear'' the helmet of salvation by believing we are fully saved by God's grace.
- The helmet is confidence in God's complete forgiveness, which protects us from discouragement, doubt, and condemnation (1 Thess. 5:8).
One of the last pieces of body armor a warrior was given before the battle was the helmet. The Romans made helmets out of metal. Each helmet had a leather strap that secured this vital protection to their heads in the heat of battle. A high-ranking warrior had a personal armor bearer who would carry their helmet for them until they needed it.
A helmet protects your brain - where your thoughts and decisions come from. Paul describes the helmet as the hope of salvation (1 THESS. 5:8). Said another way, the fruit of salvation is hope. Salvation gives us the confidence of God's complete forgiveness for all our sins and rest and peace with Him. It also gives us the assurance of wholeness - He fills in all the ''gaps'' in our lives. Our confidence in Him covers any doubts that might go through our minds in the midst of battle. So the helmet of hope guards our minds from discouragement and condemnation.
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