Episode 136 – Armor of God Pt 1: The Battle is Real

Paul doesn’t want us to be naïve about the fact that we’re engaged in a cosmic struggle with the forces of evil. Unfortunately, most of us are oblivious to the fact that there’s more going on than meets the eye. And because we’re unaware, we’re often ill-equipped to face the challenges. Which is why we’re launching a brand-new series called the Armor of God. By the end of this first episode, you’ll possess a greater awareness of the struggle in which we’re all engaged and a clear understanding for how God means for us to respond to the reality of spiritual warfare.

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
  • Describe a situation in your life where you sensed that struggle between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Evil was playing out in your life?
  • What do you think of NT Wright’s suggestion that when it comes to the idea of spiritual warfare, most people either ignore it or over-indulge it? Where would you place yourself on that spectrum?
  • Because human beings bear the image of God and embody God’s glory, evil often opposes us in the very places where we bring the most glory and goodness to God. Where in your life do feel you most deeply embody God’s goodness and glory (marriage, business, kids, your giftedness, etc.), and how have you experienced evil coming after you in that very place?
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?

For Further Study

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Warfare Part 1: The Reality of a War Against Your Heart – The Place We Find Ourselves In Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-place-we-find-ourselves/id1373926216?i=1000443371330

Satan and the Powers of Evil – Ask NT Wright Anything Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-nt-wright-anything/id1441656192?i=1000461115292

Paul and the Powers (An Interview with NT Wright) – BibleProject Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bibleproject/id1050832450?i=1000434402135

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10 Comments

  1. Alec Clarke September 21, 2021 at 5:59 am - Reply

    Hi Brad, so looking forward to the new series, I really enjoyed the journey. Do you still remember the guys who does the bible outlines with animated characters, didn’t bookmark it, please let me know.

  2. Robin September 21, 2021 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Do the teaching series come out weekly or every 2 weeks? This might be one the ladies in our group would like to do, but we might need to let you get a little further ahead.

  3. Janie Tink September 21, 2021 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Excellent! What’s powerful is that it’s GOD’S armor that we put on…not OUR armor!
    If we don’t take off the armor, there’s no need to keep putting it on…

    • Brad Gray September 27, 2021 at 10:58 am - Reply

      This is a great comment, Janie! And what we’ll find in this series is that the first three are pieces of armor we’re always supposed to have on, and the last three are pieces of armor we put on and use when the battle is particularly difficult. It’s going to be fun to unpack in upcoming episodes!

  4. Dwight September 28, 2021 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Looking forward to this study! Wow what timing. I have been wondering about some things I hear in prayer teams such as binding Satan or casting evil into the pit. Looking forward to hearing more and understanding the context.

    • Brad Gray September 29, 2021 at 8:01 am - Reply

      Thank you for sharing this, Dwight. We won’t go into detail at “binding Satan” but we will provide the context for Ephesians 6 and the implications for us today.

  5. Angela Gideon October 2, 2021 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    So I just binge watched your entire teaching series in a matter of two months. I love it!!! It was fun to relive the last 3 years through your podcasts. I kept trying to warn you that you weren’t going to be able to take your big trip in 2020, but was disappointed with you when you found out that you couldn’t go. The Bible is the best. Putting it into context is crucial and fun!!! You do a great job bringing it to life and helping us to walk it out well. Thanks for all the time and effort you put in to make this a reality. We are grateful.
    Angela
    PS The soul patch??? Lol. Maybe a good thing that it was one episode.
    Just kidding. You do you. 😁 I do love the new aesthetics. Your guy has done the show well.
    Now I have to learn how to deal with the wait. Looking forward to the next release. 😁😁😁
    Kudos to you and your family. Keep walking well

    • Brad Gray October 8, 2021 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      Oh that is so much fun to hear! Wow, you’ve caught up quickly. Well done. Thank you for all of your encouraging comments. My team and I are deeply blessed by your words.

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