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Armed and Secure (39 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Last week, we learned about God's truth and how He sees our reality versus how we see our reality. Our vision can be clouded from truth. As believers, we are empowered to see in the darkness and lead people into the light.
This week, we are going to learn about the breastplate of God and how it was designed to guard a vital part of our beings: our hearts.
We are also going to learn about how good shoes prepare us to go into our worlds with confidence.
Finally, we are going to see how the shield counteracts the enemy's plans and helps us to become world-changing revivalists. Let's get started learning about these game-changing realities in Jesus.
Main Scripture: Ephesians 6:14-16
EQUIP: Completely ready for the battle
Have your group read EPHESIANS 6:14-16 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.
Teaching Point 1: Armed with the approval in His eyes
- The breastplate of righteousness protects the new, pure hearts we received (Ezek. 36:26). We're fully accepted on account of Christ.
- God's approval protects us from guilt and shame. We can always approach our Father with supreme confidence (Eph. 3:12).
In the American game of football, confidence and spirit are very important. During halftime, players can be tired, in pain, and losing their heart to fight again, especially if they haven't been playing well. The coach's job is to rally the team and inspire them with fresh vision to fight again. Then with their ''battle protection'' on, both physically and spiritually, they can charge back into the fight with hearts that are set on winning the game.
In Jesus' day, Roman soldiers used a breastplate - a piece of body armor - that was typically made of bronze and backed with leather. It was designed to protect their most vital organ: the heart. In today's modern warfare, police officers use bulletproof vests ...
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