Dr. Oscar T. Moses
W.A.R. Deeper Bible Study
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Spiritually Equipped for Battle – Lesson #4
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
The Shoes of the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace
The second piece of armor Paul mentions is the “Breastplate of Righteousness.” The breastplate provided protection to the Roman soldier for 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 his or her 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. We have “marching orders” to spread the good news. “Preparation” is the operative word in this text. It means to be ready and it would be more clear if it read “preparedness.” This means that the state of the mind of the Christian soldier is that his or her mind is prepared to spread the good news.
There were many trying 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 is 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! I have my traveling shoes on and I have prepared myself. I am equipped! I know what I am talking about.”
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 without worrying about our feet and we are prepared to 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 and Philippians 1:27?
- How does Romans 10:14-15 apply to this passage?
- How does Acts 20:24 apply to this passage?
- How does Romans 3:10-18 inspire us to put on our “gospel shoes?”
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.
- How does the gospel prepare us to spread the good news? Give 2 examples.
- Why do you think Paul injected the word “preparedness” which means readiness?
- What does “standing” have to do with preparedness and spiritual shoes? We need to stand firm against evil and protect our mission.
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.
Group Action Steps
Give 1 biblical example of being prepared to deliver the gospel of peace.
Give 3 steps to being prepared to deliver the gospel of peace.
Why is it so difficult to keep the peace in church?
“If you are going to talk the talk you also have to walk the walk.’
Dr. Oscar T. Moses – W.A.R. Bible Studies 2017