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Sunday, 28 May 2017

The Armor of God

Ephesians 6:10-18

Pastor Don Delagrange

Introduction

  • People spend time getting dressed each morning.  If you don’t put on the full armor (spiritual protection) you are exposed.

POSITION for the BATTLE

  • Sizing up the enemy.
  • He is invisible but real!
  • One word describes him, DECEPTION!

PATTERN to FOLLOW for the BATTLE

  • Jesus is tempted.  (Matt. 4:1-11)

PUTTING ON the ARMOR for the BATTLE

  • Get dressed for a spiritual battle!
  • Belt of Truth
    • Roman soldier’s girdle, (belt) strengthens his core.
    • Gird up your loins.
  • Breastplate of Righteousness
    • Righteousness is upright living.
    • Our righteousness comes from above.  (Phil. 3:7-9)

PRAYER is the KEY for the BATTLE  (Eph. 6:18)

  • Pray in the Spirit.

Personal and Group Study

Getting Started

     1.  How long does it take you to get ready (“Get Dressed”) in the morning?  How do you compare with the averages shared in the sermon?  Have fun and be personal.  What is your routine?

     2.  Research online the armor of the Roman soldier.  What was the purpose of each piece?

Going Deeper

     3. Read and study these passages on righteousness.  (Rom. 5:18-19, 1 Peter 2:21-25, 2 Cor. 5:21)

     4.  To get a fuller picture of the armor, examine all the pieces listed in Ephesians 6:10-18. Briefly discuss how each piece relates to your spiritual walk.  The Sword of the Spirit is the offensive piece.  How can the Word of God be used to fend off the enemy? 

     5.  Study Hebrews 4:12.  Break down each aspect of the verse.  Use a concordance, Bible dictionary, center or side Bible  references, and various translations.  Add your own observations:  Living, active, sharper, penetrates, judges.

Application

     6.  What can you do to consciously get “dressed” in this armor every day?

     7.  Compose a prayer of “spiritual warfare.” Relate this written prayer to the two pieces of armor from the message (belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness). Compose this prayer with the parts of the message that touched your heart. If you are in a LIFE Group, read aloud your prayers.

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FRIDAY: 6:30p
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