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PART 3 - the breastplate of righteousness

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Ephesians 6:13-14
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.

What is the definition of righteousness?

What is NOT the standard of righteousness and what IS the standard of righteousness? In other words, who gets to decide what is right and wrong? Why is it important to know who sets the standard and what is the standard?

If the Roman soldier’s breastplate was strapped down to the belt, what is the relationship between the breastplate of righteousness and the belt of truth?

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Romans 3:21-25 (NLT)
But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.

What does Romans 3 say about what is NOT the source of our righteousness and what IS the Source of our righteousness?

If the purpose of the Roman soldier’s breastplate was to protect the core, what is the purpose of the breastplate of righteousness? How does Satan attack our core (heart)?

The stages of righteousness are 1) gifted righteousness, 2) growing righteousness and 3) perfected righteousness. Why is the order of these stages important? How do you put on the gifted stage? The growing stage? And the perfected stage? Have you?

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Rachael DenHollander to Dr. Nassar AND us
The Bible you carry speaks of a final judgment where all of God’s wrath and eternal terror is poured out on men like you. Should you ever reach the point of truly facing what you have done, the guilt will be crushing. And that is what makes the gospel of Christ so sweet. Because it extends grace and hope and mercy where none should be found. And it will be there for you.

What is your reaction to Rachael Denhollander's words to Dr. Larry Nassar?

In your own words, how would you describe both the bad news and the Good News of Jesus Christ?

Karl House