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PART 6 - Put on the helmet of salvation


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Ephesians 6:14-17
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.

Put On the HELMET of Salvation

A helmet is meant to protect your head. Why do we need to protect our thoughts? Where could our thoughts come from? Which thought below have you struggled with before? Is there a different thought that you have struggled with? Which one?

  • You’re worthless
  • You’re unlovable
  • You’re unforgivable
  • You’re hopeless
  • You’re insignificant
  • You’re all alone
  • Try this
  • Do that
  • Hate him
  • Kill her

Put On the Helmet of SALVATION

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Ephesians 2:1-3

Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.

  • According to this passage, what do we need to be saved FROM?

Any surprises there?

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Ephesians 2:4-6
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. 
  • What are we saved BY?

How has God's anger and wrath been misunderstood? How has God's grace and love been misunderstood? Why is it important to embrace both God's anger and God's love as biblical truth? How does the cross of Jesus Christ solve the dilemma of God's anger and love?

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Ephesians 2:8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 
  • What are saved THROUGH?

Why can't you congratulate yourself for believing?

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Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
  • What are we saved FOR?

Why is it important to remember that we are saved FOR something?

PUT ON the Helmet of Salvation

You put the helmet of salvation on by ...

  • Believing in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31)
  • Capturing Your Thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
  • Acting on Your Salvation (Philippians 4:8-9)

Tell us about the circumstances of how you came to faith in Jesus. Not everyone remembers the details of believing in Jesus. Many come to faith quite young. So as important as the WHEN may be, what's most important is the THAT. Do you know THAT Jesus is your Savior, the One who rescues you? Do you have the assurance of faith and salvation? How can you group help you with this? 

What has helped you in capturing thoughts and making them obedient to Jesus? What about trying - Soul Revolution App - 60:60 Challenge.

How can the prayer –  "Jesus, what would you have me BE, DO or SAY right now?" – help you put your salvation into practice? Who has been using this prayer and how has it helped?

Group Praise

These passages and this study get at the heart of our salvation. Why doesn't the group just spend some time verbalizing your praise to God. Finish this statement – Lord, thank you for .... Hopefully, everyone will participate. Use only 1 or 2 sentence statements. It's better to pray several times rather than one long prayer. Have you ever been in a prayer meeting where someone prayed it all and didn't leave any for you to pray for except to say "Amen!"? Let's keep it short, but feel free to pray several times. 


Karl House