Prepare for Battle by Tim Barton
Prepare for Battle by Tim Barton

 

I wonder if you have ever seen the film ‘Locke’ featuring Tom Hardy?
If not, then prepare for some spoilers!

If you like any of Tom Hardy’s films then I would imagine you would be excited to see this – a ‘nail-biting thriller’ featuring one of the world’s most famous action movie stars. From the poster you might imagine the film to be an action-packed thriller with special effects, chase scenes, fast cars and explosions. But what if I was to tell you that the film features one actor, taking a drive from Birmingham to London whilst talking on the phone about concrete! I think many action film fans must have been rather disappointed, as this film review suggests;

“You are better phoning a builder for a chat than watching Locke!”

Although it is a brilliant film, I don’t blame people for being disappointed. The film is pitched as an ‘action-thriller’, that is the genre of film that the poster, the promotion and the key actor suggest, and therefore this shapes our expectations of what we will watch. When the film turns out to be something quite different many may be left disappointed, shocked or annoyed.

If your life were a movie, I wonder what genre it might be?
Would it be a romantic comedy? A drama? Or perhaps a ‘feel good’ movie?

Paul writes to the Ephesians;

“Put on the whole amour of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6 v 11

As we close our series in Ephesians, we will see how Paul’s letter teaches us that we are in fact in a huge cosmic battle and how wearing the famous ‘Armour of God’ is essential if we are to take a stand against the devil’s schemes and spiritual forces of evil.

You see Paul believes we are in a war movie, and waking up to this reality will actually help us live more meaningful and steadfast lives.