Calvary Baptist Church W.A.R. Bible Study: The Shoes of the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace
Study Date: June, 2, 2020
Scripture: Ephesians 6:15
The second piece of armor Paul mentions is the “Breastplate of Righteousness.” The breastplate provided protection to the Roman soldier against arrows that might “slip through”. This piece of armor protected the vital organs of the soldier in the heat of battle. In spiritual battle the “Breastplate of Righteousness” protects the soldier’s virtues and integrity. It is a reminder to pursue that which is right in the sight of God and to guard the heart from sin.
The third piece of armor is the foot gear of the soldier. The Roman soldier’s shoes were called caligae. They were designed to keep the soldier’s feet healthy and protect against blisters or disease. The sandals or shoes of the Roman soldier, Often fitted with nails, or armed with spikes, to make the hold firm in the ground (Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible). The job of the Christian soldier is to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world as mandated by Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20. We have marching orders to spread the good news. Preparationis the operative word in this text. It means to be ready. This means that the state of mind of the Christian soldier is one of preparedness to spread the good news of peace while being sustained by God’s peace.
Lest we forget, Paul is writing out of his many experiences. Many tried to convince Paul not to make his missionary journeys. They told him of enemies that awaited him and that he should abandon any travel plans. Paul knew that the good news of Christ was peace to him and peace to those who would receive it. The Christian soldier has his/her feet prepared with the gospel of peace and says, “I am ready to spread the gospel! I have prepared myself. I am stable! I know what I am talking about and I will stand my ground with the peace of God.”
Dr. Oscar T. Moses
Big Picture: We Must Be Prepared To Stand Our Ground When Spreading The Gospel Of Peace
Key Thought #1: Try to envision a soldier in the heat of the battle with all armor on except the shoes. The soldier is in big trouble trying to fight on a rocky terrain or a ground filled with sharp objects without shoes. Just imagine a soldier trying to fight barefoot with nothing to protect feet that are hurting. The soldier will become hesitant to take the next step, fighting and watching where the feet land. Think about it. Shoes allow us to move freely without tip toeing and looking down. We can give our attention to the battle confidently without worrying about our feet slipping and move without impediments.
- What is the purpose of a Christian soldier’s shoes?
- Why is it called the Gospel of Peace according to Isaiah 52:7 and Luke 2:10?
- What is the correlation between the gospel and feet?
- How do spiritual shoes help the Christian stand firm according to 1 Corinthians 16:13?
Key Thought #2: Shoes allow us to firmly walk on difficult paths without fear of injury. Having one’s feet shod with the gospel of peace allows otherwise painful experiences we may encounter to be met without fear. The gospel must be firmly stood upon without fear. The believer must stand firmly of his or her testimony of Christ.
- Why do you think Paul injected the word “preparedness” which means readiness?
Key Thought #3: God has given each believer a tremendous responsibility to be prepared to carry the gospel message. Many people within the local church are not prepared. Unfortunately, given the opportunity to share the gospel of peace with family members and friends has been a lost opportunity.
- Why don’t we share our faith with all family members?
- Why is it so difficult to keep the peace in church?
©Dr. Oscar T. Moses – Calvary W.A.R. Bible Studies 2020