The Point: God equips us for the spiritual battles we face.
Get Into the Study
Use this story and discussion question as an alternate introduction to today’s session.
The United States has just been devastated by its second hurricane in less than a month, and there has been varied advice for how to prepare for a storm and mitigate its damage. Some decided to evacuate, while others prepared to stay indoors and secure their homes against damage.
Ask: When have you had to prepare for a natural disaster? What did you do?
There are different approaches to weathering different types of natural disasters, and we can’t be sure of the physical outcome of these attacks. As we have seen over the past weeks in this study, Satan is also attacking us. The spiritual battle is real. However, there is no question when it comes to how to ready ourselves for this attack, and there is no question as to the outcome. In this session, we will study the armor of God. We are guaranteed to survive any attack from Satan when we trust in Christ and the protection God provides.
Nikki Wilbanks is a stay-at-home mom, writer, Bible study leader, and commercial real estate appraiser/investor. She graduated from Pepperdine University, and lives with her husband and two children in Murfreesboro, TN.
Get Into the Study (Activity)
Supplement “The Bible Meets Life” by playing a video clip from the MacGyver TV show. Here’s an example:
[This idea supports the group plan in the Adult Leader Guide.]
Use the following article to wrap up the session and emphasize The Point.
In the wake of Hurricane Irma, there has been one positive story to report from south Florida. Many newer homes built according to stricter construction standard have fared well.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal told one homeowners story:
Florida has one of the strongest building codes in the country. Passed statewide in 2002 after Miami-Dade County beefed up regulations in the wake of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the new rules required newly built homes to have stronger fasteners that prevent their roofs from blowing off, nails instead of staples and impact-resistant windows in certain areas, which manufacturers sometimes check by firing pieces of plywood out of cannons at them.
Philippe Houdard, a resident of Miami’s Brickell financial district who rode out Irma in his 16th-floor condo in a tower built after the new code took effect, said he felt secure throughout the storm.
“At no point were the windows rattling,” he said. “I didn’t feel vulnerable.”
For newer homes constructed according to these codes, the protections put into place worked as they were meant to and property damage was minimized. These homeowners could experience a sense of some protection in the midst of a hurricane.
As Christ-followers we can experience the same kind of peace when we face spiritual battles. No matter what we face, the Lord holds greater power and authority than anything we face. And, He has given us spiritual armor. We can face each day with assurance: God will fully equip us and protect us from any spiritual battles we face.
What are some things we use to protect ourselves each day?
Who is your personal hero, and what do you most admire about him or her?
If you could meet any world leader past or present, who would it be and why?
How can we move from being passive observers to active participants in spiritual warfare?
In what ways does God strengthen us for the spiritual battles of life?
What are some of the main tactics of the Devil?
What passages of scripture do you recall most frequently when you are in the middle of a battle?
Which part of the armor do we typically overlook?
Who in your life wears this armor well and knows how to use it?
When do you find it really hard to stand up and be bold?
Why is prayer such a key ingredient in the spiritual battle?
What will it take for us to persevere in spiritual warfare when things get hard?
Share the following with your group members as either a devotional before the group study or as a follow-up devotional:
Here’s a brief five-minute teaching video about this session: The Dark Side, Session 5.