Many churches have a suit of armor for children to wear. Frequently this costume is used for a Bible school skit. In many cases this costume may have once taught Ephesians 6:10-20, an illustration to remind people to use all of the gifts that God has given us.
Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
— Ephesians 6:11-12
These eleven verses are worthy of several weeks of Bible study and discussion. However this week I will pack them all into one sermon. My question for this week: “Which piece of armor might you help someone else use?” Focus on strengthening that one as the enemy is looking for a weakness to exploit.
I will have more to say about Ephesians 6:10-20 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 10:00 AM on Sunday, August 26th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor
A Tip for Parents
Following Jesus is often seems very difficult. Not because it is hard to do, but because other voices distract us to do things that might be more interesting, especially in the short term.
This Sunday I will play Simon Says with the children. As the game of Simon Says is typically played, those who do what the leader announces without first saying: “Simon Says” are to sit out the rest of the game. The grace of Jesus invites us to come back into the game no matter how much we might have listened to voices of distraction.
Commitment to Christian Education
This Sunday we will sign cards testifying to our commitment to Christian Education and Bible Reading. This card will also list several opportunities that you might engage. Which opportunity might further your discipleship?