Small Group Questions: Who Do You Think We Are? Ephesians 6:10-24

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ICEBREAKER
Reflection/Your Story: Growth Rings

Description/Process: As a tree grows it develops growth rings, you can see these if the wood is cut. The light wood and dark wood represent different seasons of growth.

Ask the group to reflect on this image, and consider either a season of light and victory in which they have grown, or a season of battle and darkness through which they have come.

Sharing
Let each person explain how they grew through the season of their life they have chosen to reflect upon.

Prayer
Spend some time praying for each other, thanking God for the growth each person has experienced.
Ask God to speak to the group out of the passage this week.

READ
Have someone read Ephesians 6:10-24

DISCUSSION

  1. Ask:
    David spoke about the need to fight. If Jesus Christ has won the victory, why do we still need to fight?
  2. Colossians 2:10 tells us that ‘Jesus Christ is the head over every power and authority.
    Ask:
    What helps you believe that Jesus Christ is the greatest and most powerful?

    What happens if you, or any Christian, forgets or loses sight of this fact?
  3. Have two group members read Ephesians 6:10-24, one out of The Message and the other out of the NIV.
    Highlight this passage:
    Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon.’
    Ask:
    How have you learned to apply these weapons in your life so you stay strong and victorious?

    Can you give any specifics? 
    Are there any tough situations where God’s peace could make a huge difference?

    Can you recall a time at which God helped you to spread peace?
  4. Ask:
    Which of these weapons do you need help to master?

    Where will you get the help you need?
    What actions can you take to get help and to learn?
  5. When you use these weapons it doesn’t just help you, others are impacted; blessed, encouraged,
    freed etc.
    Ask:
    Do you agree, can you see why this is the case?

    Can you think of an example in which you have been impacted, blessed or encouraged by other people’s use of these weapons?
  6. David highlighted that ‘prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare.’
    Ask:
    When prayer is mentioned, what do you think or feel?
    Share the last time you had an answer to prayer.
    Discuss the possibility of getting together in groups once a month to pray for your suburb.
    Ask:
    How many people pray for you often?
    Who would be a good person for you to pray with?
  7. Refocus on verses 18-20, have one of the group read these again.
    Ask:
    What are some of the benefits of prayer?

    What has helped you grow in your prayer life?
    What hinders your prayer life?
    Share some of the ways God has answered prayers.
  8. Ask
    What is God saying to you out of Ephesians 6:21-24?
  9. Encouragement:
    Be alert this week to how you grow and apply these weapons. Go for it. Fight!

PRAYER
Take some time now to listen to God.

Share and pray out of what He says.
Remember: ‘prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare.’ We must learn to fight!!

God Bless.

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