Episode 139 – Armor of God Pt 4: Sandals of the Gospel

Key Passage(s): Ephesians 6:15

Roman military sandals were all about traction. They stabilized and grounded soldiers so they could stand firm in the field of battle. According to Paul, the gospel of peace is what stabilizes and secures a follower of Jesus. Unfortunately, many of us fall into the destructive habit of locating our identity in unstable things: jobs, relationships, performance, the approval of others, etc. When we do so, it’s nearly impossible to stand firm against the forces of evil. Which is why this episode will help you strap on the sandals of the gospel in your full armor of God and spot the ways you’re seeking your identity outside of Jesus and know what to do about it.

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
  • Roman soldiers wore their sandals at all times in order to be in a constant state of readiness. What practices or habits are you engaged in (or need to start engaging in) that could help you to be in a constant state of readiness to stand firm against evil?
  • We have a destructive tendency to locate our identity in things other than Christ. What are some of those things in your life?
  • Brad Lomenick’s framework (Identity–Calling–Assignment) is an insightful one. What was helpful or challenging to you about it?
  • What is your impression of the following statement: Peace is not the absence of conflict. It’s the presence of wholeness. What does that statement stir up in you?
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?

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