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Ephesians 6:10-15
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. 

How can Paul talk about peace and warfare at the same time? Aren't peace and warfare mutually exclusive? So what kind of peace is Paul talking about here?

In Paul's armor metaphor, why do you think that he picks the footwear to represent peace in the Christian's battle?

Why is depending on personal peace like fighting barefooted?

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Romans 5:1-2

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand

Romans 5:10

For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 

Romans 8:31

If God is for us, who can be against us?

Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?

What's the difference between peace WITH God and the peace OF God? Why is the order of peace WITH God and then the peace OF God important?

Is Paul overstating the case when he says that we were enemies with God, that we were at war with God? Why could the Gospel be summarized as "God's Peace Treaty with us signed with the blood of Jesus"? Why is it important to add the element of rebellion and reconciliation to our Gospel presentations?

Why is it important to wear your combat boots to bed?

How do you intentionally put on peace? In which situation this coming week do you need to particularly wear the combat boots of Gospel peace? 

Who do you know that could use some peace right now? How could you share it with them?

For fun and for confidence listen to Tom Petty's I Won't Back Down ...

Karl House