Friendship Baptist Church
Stand Firm (wk4) • February 21, 2021
The life of a Christ-follower is not like a passive lazy river ride. Rather, it is more of a white water rapids adventure! Life on this side of heaven will be full of difficulty, conflict, and suffering, even if we follow Jesus. In fact, we may face an even greater degree of struggle because God's enemy is now our enemy. However, we can experience victory in living for Jesus. In this series, we will examine Ephesians 6 as Paul instructs us to put on the whole armor of God in order to stand firm against the spiritual warfare we face.
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  • Friendship Baptist Church
    1056 US-1, Lugoff, SC 29078, USA
    星期日 9:00 上午, 星期日 10:45 上午

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Week 4: The Breastplate of Righteousness

Ephesians 6
Paul's conclusion to living the Christian life: Spiritual Warfare

-The goal in spiritual warfare: To stand firm.
-We stand firm as we put on and use the whole armor of God.
A breastplate protected the vital organs during battle.
The most vital? The HEART.
QUOTE:
“People in Paul’s day believed that organs such as the heart and the liver were the center of affections. Emotions, such as joy and anger, originated in these organs. The apostle Paul used this understanding, unscientific though it was, to teach important spiritual lessons. He said believers must put on the breastplate of righteousness to protect the vital parts of the inner man and its faculties against the attacks of Satan.”

-Joel Beeke
If you heart is exposed (not captivated by Christ), you will suffer deep, fatal wounds.
Our hearts need to be protected by the breastplate of righteousness.
Righteousness biblically:
God is righteous.
Righteousness biblically:
God is righteous.
God blesses those who are righteous.
Righteousness biblically:
God is righteous.
God blesses those who are righteous.
Righteousness leads to life.
So is righteousness just a matter of doing good?
Listen to what Jesus said...
The measuring stick for righteousness: GOD'S LAW
(God's own perfection in every attribute, every attitude, every behavior, every word)

BAD NEWS: We can't do it! (Romans 3:10, Isaiah 64:6)
GOOD NEWS: We can be made righteous.
RIGHTEOUSNESS
-Imputed: To attribute/ascribe to another; to credit to another’s account
RIGHTEOUSNESS
-Imputed: To attribute/ascribe to another; to credit to another’s account
-Practical: To live a godly life; to pursue holiness
Bottom Line:
My heart is protected when I put on and pursue righteousness.

The breastplate of righteousness:
-The imputed righteousness of Christ
-The practical righteousness of our lives
How do we put on the breastplate?
Receive His righteousness (be saved, remember your righteous standing)
Pursue a righteous life(flee evil, go after godliness)
QUOTE:
“This is our spiritual breastplate. If we are not constantly mindful of our righteous standing in Christ or if we are not striving to live righteous lives by God’s grace, we become easy targets for the adversary.”

-Brian Borgman & Rob Ventura ("Spiritual Warfare")

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