Belt - Notes
PART 2 - The Belt of truth
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
1. Why roman Armor?
I am an ambassador in chains.
2. Why Belt First?
3. Why truth first?
Because Satan first attacks with lies and deception, we have to first defend ourselves with Truth
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Strongholds = Lies that become truths (both personal and cultural)
The greatest battles are always fought over truth and lies
4. What's truth?
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love.
That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The Truth in Ephesians
- About the Father’s Plan
- About the Son’s Sacrifice
- About the Spirit’s Guarantee
- About Our Wealth in Christ
- About Our Sin
- About God’s Grace
- About the Church
- About Godly Living
- About Relationship
- About Spiritual Warfare
Read or listen to Ephesians in one sitting this week
5. How to Put Truth on?
- Know It
- Believe It
- Apply It
- Live It
6. How IS TRUTH LIKE A BELT?
Will we approach truth and lies as civilians or as soldiers for Christ and warriors of the Gospel?
Casual Christians Become Christian Casualties
Small Groups - Winter Semester
DON'T DO LIFE ALONE! We believe that it's really tough to grow spiritually unless we're connected relationally. That's why JesusChurch is BIG on small groups. Our groups run on a semester schedule and meet on a weekly basis. If you have any question, please contact Pastor Jay at (813) 340-3525.
- Sunday Evening - Sundays at 6 PM
- Bloomingdale - Tuesdays at 7:30 PM
- Riverview - Tuesdays at 7:30 PM - STUDYING EPHESIANS
- Women's Morning - Wednesdays at 9 AM
- Women's Evening - Wednesdays at 7 PM
- Brandon (Family Friendly) - Wednesdays at 7 PM
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