Belt - Questions
PART 2 - The Belt of truth
Two Truths and a Lie
Have each person come up with two truths and a lie about themselves. Have each person share the two truths and a lie in no particular order. After each person shares have the group determine which is the lie. Have fun!
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.
Why is truth the first piece of spiritual armor that Paul calls us to put on?
Paul talks about truth and lies in other places in Ephesians, like here in Ephesians 4. Read through the passage once.
14 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. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Now read the passage again stopping after each verse answering this question: Is this verse about the truth or about lies? And in your own words what does this verse say?
How would you summarize what Paul is saying in this passage?
What lies are people believing in our culture? What biblical truths address these lies?
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.
Why does Paul repeatedly use the metaphor of a battle regarding truth? Do you approach truth as a civilian or a soldier? Why do casual Christians become Christian casualties? Is this a new way of looking at the Christian life for you? What would need to change for you to become a warrior of truth?
Which step of putting on the belt of truth do you need to work on?
- Know It
- Believe It
- Apply It
- Live It
Have you read or listened to Ephesians in one sitting this week? What struck you as you did?
Divide the group - men with men and women with women.
What lies are you believing? What biblical truths address these lies? How can your group pray for you?