St. John’s EBCs, Everyday Bible Conversations!
For the week leading to worship, Sunday, August 1st.
This week’s Theme: Ready for (Peace) Battle! Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20
Summary of the Reading
This week, St. John’s welcomes our new Pastor, Pastor Kim Kyllo! And fittingly, the Narrative Lectionary this week gives us Ephesians 6:10-20. In this reading, we are exhorted to “[p]ut on the whole armor of God”! Fasten your belt of truth, your breastplate of righteousness, your shield of faith, and your helmet of salvation. For your shoes, “put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.” For a weapon – you need only one, the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Then Paul asks the people of Ephesus for a prayer, “so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. . . . Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.”
A Joyful Action Question:
How often do we think of ourselves as doing God’s work by “simply” praying to God? When we pray for ourselves or others, what do we pray for? Paul is in prison in Rome when he writes to the Ephesians, but he does not ask for comfort and release. He asks that he might be blessed with a message and boldness to proclaim it! What does Paul’s focus on his “missionary mission” tell us about what God wants for all of us as his people?
An Everyday Question:
Do you ever think about yourself as “going to battle” for God? What do you think that means? Do you notice the protective gear Paul describes? Righteousness, faith, salvation, and truth. The “offensive” weapon? The Word of God. And the goal? The gospel of peace. Is the image of “battle” the opposite of peace? Where do you find the opportunities to “battle” – for peace – in your Everyday Life?
An Action Step:
Say a prayer for Pastor Kim, or your own leadership, so that God may make known to them the mystery of the gospel, and that they may declare it boldly! Let’s go to battle!
Don’t like these questions? Do these verses say something different to you? Great! What it is?
Find a friend (or two or many) and take an EBC coffee break! Find 15-25 minutes somewhere in the week and come to share or just listen and enjoy company. Have fun finding God this week in your Everyday Life!