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Sermons

The Belt of Truth

February 1, 2015 Preacher: Carlos Montoya Series: War

Scripture: Ephesians 6

War: The Battle is Real – Week 4

Ephesians 6:14b

This week in our series on spiritual warfare, we find ourselves beginning to look at what Paul meant when he wrote “…take up the whole armor of God…”[1] Pastor Carlos reminded us that the armor of God is not something we put on and take off on a daily basis like we would a pair of pants. Instead, the various pieces of the armor of God are character attributes which God has imparted to each believer through Jesus, and which we live out only by the power of the Holy Spirit. The character attributes of the armor of God should be a natural part of who we are as Christians—they are convictions and beliefs that are consistently displayed in our daily lives.

1. For you personally, which “armor attribute”[2] do you most easily identify yourself with? Why?

2. Which armor attribute is hardest for you to comprehend and/or identify with? Why?

3. Which armor attribute do we as a Community Group employ most often?

Focusing now on the Belt of Truth, we must remember that it is the Belt of Truth that holds the rest of the armor together. When Paul writes that we as Christians have “fastened on the belt of truth,” he means that we are to be truth—speak truth, apply truth, and live out truth. God’s truth is an attribute of God Himself; God is truth.[3] Because truth is an attribute of God, it is not just trivial head-knowledge. God’s truth is engaging, challenging, and illuminating. By it we are able to discern and resist the devil’s schemes and/or deceptions.[4] More specifically, God’s truth about Jesus challenges us, and requires us to take action in either belief and submission, or rejection and rebellion. The truth of God, and of Jesus, and of the Holy Spirit is what gives truth to our salvation, our righteousness, etc. God imparts His truth to us Christians.[5] Being imparted with God’s truth, we are to be truth lovingly to one another, and therefore the notion of “brutal honesty” should not be a method we as Christians operate by. Instead, we must speak truth in love and humility for the edification of those around us, and for the glorification of God our Father.[6]

1. How often do you question the ideals that the world and society around you operate by?

  • What are some worldly ideals that you find yourself operating under that conflict with God’s truth?

2. How has God’s truth challenged you recently?

3. As a Community Group, are we “brutally honest” with each other, or do we speak truth to each other for the purpose of building up and glorifying God?

4. How does God’s truth about Jesus remedy His truth about you personally? How do you find hope and victory in that?

 

[1] Ephesians 6:13a

[2] God’s Truth, God’s Righteousness, God’s Gospel of Peace, God’s Faith, God’s Salvation, and God’s Word.

[3] Numbers 23:19, Deuteronomy 32:4

[4] John 14:6

[5] Ephesians 1:13, 4:15

[6] Ephesians 4:15, 1 Corinthians 13

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