Episode 137 – Armor of God Pt 2: Belt of Truth

When we’re not truthful, we become vulnerable. Paul’s description of the belt of truth corresponds to the cingulum that protected a Roman soldier’s most vulnerable parts. No matter how big or strong a Roman soldier was, a strike to the groin could bring him down in an instant. The cingulum provided protection so that didn’t happen. Likewise, when we’re not truthful, evil can drop us fast. By the end of this episode, you’ll understand why truthfulness is something we must incorporate every day in our struggle to stand firm against evil.

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
  • What do you think happens in a society when truthfulness isn’t something we practice all the time but instead only when it’s convenient?
  • Describe a time in the past when you deceived yourself with a lack of truthfulness. How did it hurt you? Others?
  • Why can truthfulness be so hard to practice sometimes?
  • Describe a time when you had the courage to practice truthfulness even when it was hard. What did you learn?
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?

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  1. Angela Gideon October 6, 2021 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    I never heard of the pattern of soldier assimilation being used to right Ephesians. I can’t wait to go read more about it. Thanks for another awesome episode!!

  2. Crystal Chavez October 7, 2021 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    I recently got married so there is a last name change, it used to be Lorenzo 🙂 I have always wanted to understand the Full Armor of God. Brad your teachings, I just get it. I learn it, retain it, understand it, take notes. Thanks you I’m excited for the next episode.

    • Brad Gray October 8, 2021 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      Crystal, so great to hear from you. And congratulations on getting married! Thank you for your kind words. We’re having a blast with this series.

  3. Gary Aanerud October 16, 2021 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    This is the first time I’ve heard of the pattern of assimilation of the non-Roman soldier to a Roman soldier, and I’m fascinated. Would you be willing to share any of your reference material? Thanks!

    • Brad Gray November 2, 2021 at 10:54 am - Reply

      Hey Gary, I’ll send you an email with the reference material.

  4. Ken Mann December 8, 2021 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Great material, as always! Toward the end a quote came to mind when you were talking about the necessity of truthfulness at all times: “The coverup is always worse than the lie” – true in both political AND personal contexts!

    • Brad Gray December 8, 2021 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Wow, there is so much truth to that, Ken. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Mike Fugatt January 29, 2022 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Brad, great study and we’re going to share/present with our small group. Any chance we could get copy of your illustration of Roman soldier wearing the Full Armor of God? Thanks.

    • Brad Gray February 4, 2022 at 12:04 pm - Reply

      Sure! I’ll have April, my assistant, email that over to you.

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