As I prepare to teach an intensive course next week in a ministry training course on the church, I’m looking at a module of the church as the army of God. Your suggestions are welcome. Obviously, passages such as Eph. 6 are paramount. Revelation must come into play, as the 2 Cor. passage on the nature of our warfare and weaponry. Jesus’ declaration about the spiritual kingdom will fit well here also. Timothy and others as soldiers.
It merits mention that this is a metaphor that doesn’t permit physical violence on the part of the church as God’s army.
Older versions call Jesus a “captain” in Heb. 2.10, a word with a wide range of meaning, so I’m trying to wrap my head around the sense of the writer in that verse. Any ideas?
What else would you emphasize here?