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Summary: Every believer is a worshiper & warrior - - - saint & soldier - - -in the faith & in the fight. Fighting from a position of victory, power, strength. We are the best equipped warriors on the ground. Belt of truth Breastplate of Righteousness Shoes

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Introduction:

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B Every believer is a worshiper & warrior - - - saint & soldier - - -in the faith & in the fight.

1 Fighting from a position of victory, power, strength.

2 We are the best equipped warriors on the ground.

a Belt of truth

b Breastplate of Righteousness

c Shoes of peace

I

A Great generals have said that in warfare an army moves on two vital things. Food (strength) & feet. (Especially true in the ancient Roman army.)

1 The Roman shoes, think leather sole with hobnails as cleats. (Tied to feet/legs with leather laces.)

a To provide firm footing. (Cleats)

b To furnish protection. (Enemy would put pegs in ground - barefoot soldier had a bad day.)

c To give mobility. Move quickly from point A to B.

2 Our shoes serve the same purpose. (Solid foundation & keeps us moving.)

B The identity of the shoes. “Gospel of Peace”

1 What’s the gospel? “Good News” (1 Cor. 15:1-4)

a Death, burial, & resurrection of Jesus Christ unchanging.

b Many people are sliding in their faith; substitutes of the gospel.

2 Only one way to be saved! Acts 4.12

C The stability of the shoes.

1 These are the deep of spiritual tumble weeds, blown about by circumstance & false doctrine.(Shoes make you stick.) Eph. 6:15

a You can be in battle with the enemy & still be at peace with God. (State of well-being, state of contentment.)

b Romans 5.1-2

2 When you know where you stand with God in peace, then Satan can’t worry you to death.

a Allow devil to trouble your mind, causes anxiety - whole life is unstable.

b James 1.8

c Don’t allow the enemy to take your shoes off

aa In Christ you have what the world longs for. (Rom 5.1-2) PEACE

bb Gal 5.1 FREEDOM

D The mobility of the shoes.

1 The “preparation” is translated from a Greek word that means “readiness” (idoru; read to move into battle at a moment notice)

a The Christian life is a walk.

aa Eph 2.2 We are not to walk wrongly

bb Eph 2.10 We are to walk in His works

cc Eph 4.1 We are to walk worthy

dd Eph 5.1-2 Walk in love

ee Eph 5.8 Walk in the light.

b You can’t walk properly without your gospel shoes in place.

aa Too many sluggish, slow-footed, wounded, crippled.

bb Church is paralyzed & muscle bound

2 Before WWII Gen. Charles De Gaulle wrote essays warning french about a new kind of warfare coming “Maginot Line” - stop German troops.

a Warned jet fighters, tanks & France refused to hear, change, move.

b France became a captive nation!

3 If a church draws their line of defense, will stand still.

a Must be ready to advance, serve, spread.

b Move to the front where the battle rages.

c Stand on the truth of Christ. (Even in the heat of battle.)

II The Faith Shield

A In the ancient world, the opposing soldiers would dip their arrows in combustible material & shoot it at you.

1 Burn clothing, cause infection.

a Romans developed a shield to combat against the fiery arrows; 4"x2" leather stretched around a frame & prior to battle they would soak the entire shield in water.

b The soldiers shield was made of leather; Paul says the believers is made of faith.


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