Stand Firm – Part 3: Body Armor

Stand Firm – Part 3: Body Armor

Body Armor
Stand Firm – Week 3
May 2-3, 2020
Dr. Jeffrey Allen Love

 

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23 (p.483) 

Series Key Verse:

“Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11 (p.898)

“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.” Ephesians 6:13-14 (p.898) 

  • Satan Is No Match For The Righteousness Of God.

“He (Jesus) canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.” Colossians 2:14-15 (p.903)

  1. Accept God’s righteousness.

“Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law…For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.” Galatians 2:16 (p.891)

  1. Live in God’s righteousness.

“And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God.” Titus 2:12 (p.917)

My Next Step:       This week I will read the daily reading “Grace” in the Life Transformation Bible. (page A 40 – A41)


Discussion Guide from the Weekend Talk

From the Weekend Talk of May 2-3, 2020
Stand Firm – Part 3 – Body Armor of God’s Righteousness

 

Use this Discussion Guide to dig deeper into the principles from the Weekend Talk. Our Life Groups will use them, but we encourage you to discuss them with your family, or over the phone or online with friends.

Yes, our Life Groups continue to meet, ONLINE! Life Groups use these questions to go deeper into what we talked about this weekend. Dig into them so you will be ready for the discussion at your Life Group. Please let us know if you would like to join a group. We are also looking for opportunities to begin NEW ONLINE Groups.

Conversation Starters

  • Who needs body armor? What does wearing it enable them to do?
  • How do you think our culture would define righteousness?
  • How do you define it?
  • How would you explain it to a child?

Quick Review

  • Looking back at your Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and related Bible verses from this Weekend’s Talk Notes.

  • This week Pastors Jeff Love and Steve Tanner highlighted One Thing to remember from this Talk: “Satan Is No Match For The Righteousness Of God.”
    • Read Ephesians 6:13-14 (p.898*), Colossians 2:14-15 (p.903*) and Proverbs 4:23 (p.483*)
      • Why does anyone put on the armor? Talk about the difference between merely possessing the armor and “putting it on.”
      • What does “standing firm” mean in your life right now? When have you had to stand firm in the past?
      • Talk about Proverbs 4:23. How does your heart determine the course of your life? What does that even mean?
        • When have you felt like your heart was vulnerable?
        • When have you had to be intentional to guard your heart?
      • Jeff and Steve discussed what we need to do for God’s righteousness to be relevant in our lives:”
    • Accept God’s righteousness. (Galatians 2:16 (p.903*))
      • Why is this so important? If God gives it why must I accept it?
      • Talk about the difference between accepting God’s righteousness and trying to make yourself “acceptable” under your own power.
      • Why will “no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law”?
      • Read Romans 3:21-24 (p.859*). What was “The Law?”
        • How did Jesus change mankind’s relationship to the Law?
      • Live in God’s righteousness. (Titus 2:12 (p.917*))
        • How do you do this?
        • How does this become real in everyday life?
        • What resonates with you more: the “do not’s” of this passage or the do’s”? Why?
        • How does the metaphor of God’s Armor make these concepts of “righteous living” more understandable and practical, rather than theoretical?

Digging Deeper

  • Take a look at this week’s “Next Step” in the Life Transformation Bible. (if you don’t have one of our Life Transformation Bibles, go to this link to see the reading: alivechurch.com/transformation
    • Read through the Daily Reading together, perhaps taking turns.
    • Look up some of the verses designated for each day’s readings.
    • What stands out?
    • What does grace have to do with God’s righteousness?
    • When did you first experience God’s grace in your life?
    • Who do you know that needs to understand God’s grace and righteousness?
      • Spend some time praying for them right now.

Next Step

  • My Next Step: ____ This week I will read the daily reading “Grace” in the Life Transformation Bible. (page A 40 – A41)
    • What is your plan to do this?

Pray

  • Pray now for those in leadership in our country, state, community and church. Pray for unity and community in these unusual times. Pray that the people experiencing church online would also engage in deeper ways with Jesus and His Church.

This Weekend

This weekend we continue our Talk Series: Stand Firm. It’s time to Stand Firm for the challenges ahead as we learn what it means to live in God’s Power by putting on God’s Armor. We discuss each individual piece of armor and how it can relate to our everyday lives as followers of Jesus. Being properly equipped for spiritual battle has never been more important than it is now.

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