The Shield of Faith

Ephesians 6:16 | Sermon Resources | 19 February 2023


In the sermon this week Pastor Billy continues in our study of the whole armor of God coming to the shield of faith. We will consider not only the sobering reality of the flaming darts which are sent our way but the promise that through the shield of faith they can be extinguished.

Discussion Questions

  1. What were your key takeaways from the sermon this week?
  2. What does the image of “flaming darts” tell us about the devil and how he works?
  3. How do we tell the difference between flaming darts sent by the devil and just our own dark thoughts? 
  4. What is the danger of ignoring the flaming darts aimed at us? What is the danger of internalizing the flaming darts aimed at us?
  5. In the sermon Pastor Billy named 3 categories of flaming darts:
    – darts of temptation
    – darts of fabrication
    – darts of accusation
    Briefly review each category. What is it? What does it look like? Which type of dart has been most harmful to you?
  6. What do you think Paul is attempting to communicate through the image of the “shield of faith”?
  7. In what situation or circumstance do you need to take up the shield of faith this week?
  8. What is one thing you will do as a result of studying this passage?


“The Devil throws hideous thoughts into the soul—hatred of God, blasphemy, and despair…When I awake at night, the Devil tarries not to seek me out.  He disputes with me and makes me give birth to all kinds of strange thought.”  – Martin Luther

“Whatever sin the heart of man is most prone to, that the devil will help forward.” -Thomas Brooks

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