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Using Ephesians 6:13-18 give youth a few minutes to list the “six” pieces of spiritual equipment and then rewrite the analogy from a new perspective as below:

Getting Started

  1. List the six pieces of equipment in the passage
  2. Write a short one sentence description for the purpose or use of each item listed.
  3. Rewrite Ephesians 6 using the new analogy provided: (Give each group a different analogy to use) They will need to identify each new piece of equipment and how it relates to the Christian walk.


Here are some possibilities for fresh analogies:

  • Firefighter
  • Astronaut
  • Football player
  • Tennis player
  • Blacksmith
  • Cook/ Chef
  • Orchestra Conductor
  • Race Car Driver
  • Policeman
  • Baseball Player
  • Fighter Pilot
  • Tank Driver
  • Construction Worker
  • Doctor
  • Dentist


There are lots of options…. and looking at the equipment from a fresh perspective often brings out some really nice insights.

Here are the original 6 pieces of equipment for the passage:

  • Belt – Truth
  • Breastplate – Righteousness
  • Shoes – Gospel of Peace
  • Shield – Faith
  • Helmet – Salvation
  • Sword – Word of God


Example of using a new analogy – Fire Fighter

  • Infrared goggles – Allow the firefighter to see the heat spots and know truth of the situation
  • Oxygen Mask – protects his breathing – Like the holy spirit in us
  • Boots – Gives him good footing and allows him to rescue others
  • Fireproof suit – shields him from the fire
  • Helmet – protects head
  • Fire hose – helps him to put out fires of deception so that he can get to the truth
  • Axe – helps him to cut away barriers and blockages so he can rescue others
  • Ladder – helps him to reach places normally out of reach


Addition Questions for discussion:

  • Why are only 6 pieces of equipment listed?
  • Is there something you feel is missing from this list?
  • Are all these pieces of equipment necessary?
  • Which piece of equipment is most useful in your own Christian walk?
  • Which piece of equipment do you most often neglect?
  • How can having these 6 pieces of equipment help you to live a more victorious Christian life?


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