The Helmet of Salvation
War: The Helmet of Salvation
We continue our study on the whole armor of God this week, further seeing the incomparable value of the death of God’s Son in salvation. In this section of Scripture, we see the 5th piece of armor is something that the soldier would not go to war without. The helmet of course has always been known to protect a soldier from the effects of a blow to the brain, which would be fatal. In that light, Scripture shapes our understanding of what the enemy wants to do to our minds. Satan wants you to forget the hope you have in salvation, causing an equal impact in your life as the soldier being struck in the head: death. He wants your mind.
1. Does Scripture teach us how to think? How?
2. Why is the mind such an important thing to protect?
- Give an example of how you’ve failed at protecting your mind.
3. How have you thought in a way that hurts others? Be specific.
We know salvation is a gift God has given us. Christ offers us freedom from the sinful effects of our decisions. Paul records in multiple areas throughout his letter to the Corinthian church that He is worried that those in the faith can be tripped up and led astray from Christ. He speaks of how those who don’t protect themselves are eventually blinded to the truth. He also says that we need the helmet of salvation so that we are not led astray. But Christ offers us freedom from these lies and protects us with guidelines on how to protect our minds from the deceitfulness that the world offers. If we're not faithful to scripture, we undermine the hope of salvation. We see in Romans 12:1-2 how to be renewed in Scripture.
- What is the hope of your salvation? Why?
- How does your Community Group challenge you to renew your mind in Scripture?
- Do you think of yourself as a living part of the church?
- Do you make decisions based on the outcome of a situation and its impact on your Gospel influence?
Spend some time examining the scriptures below and getting into each other’s lives. Pray for one another and the ways in which the enemy might be trying to capture your minds and distract you from focusing on the ways in which you can fulfill your role in the Gospel.
John 20:24-29 ESV:
 Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”
 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.”  Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”  Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Romans 1:16-17 ESV:
 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
Romans 12:1-2 ESV:
 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
2 Corinthians 4:1-4? ESV:
 Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.  But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God.  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.  In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
2 Corinthians 11:3ff ESV:
 But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
Ephesians 6:16-18a ESV:
 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;  and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,  praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,”
Philippians 3:8-11? ESV:
 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ  and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,  that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Hebrews 4:10 ESV:
 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God,  for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.
Hebrews 11:1 ESV:
 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:6 ESV:
 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
James 2:14-17 ESV:
 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?  If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,  and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?  So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
James 2:26 ESV:
 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.