www.christdeaf.org/bibleChrist Lutheran Church of the Deaf
Silver Spring, MarylandThe Armor of God:
#4 - Shoes for
the Gospel of Peace
let the Lord make you strong. Depend on His great power. Wear all
of God's armor. Then you can stand strong against the devil's terrible
fight is not against people.
are fighting against
many spiritual rulers,
and many dark powers in this world.
are fighting against
the evil forces in the spirit world.
So put on all of God's armor. Evil days will come.
you did everything you can [finish], you will still stay standing.
Wear the belt of truth around your waist.
Wear the chest protector of holy living.
 Wear on your
feet shoes that will prepare you to tell the good news about peace.
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Today we continue
our study about the Armor of God.
First we learned about the Belt of Truth,
meaning God's Word is true
and our words are true.
Second we learned about the chest protector
meaning the holy life Christ gives us
and the holy life Christ lives through us.
Now we look part of God's armor for war: shoes.
We don't often think about shoes as equipment for war. But long-ago,
soldiers understood the shoes were very important.
Maybe you can remember picture drawings, showing American soldiers in
1778 with General George Washington in VALLEY FORGE, PA [Pennsylvania],
cold, in snow, soldiers without shoes.
Also in PA, 85 years later, during the American CIVIL War, in the city
named GETTYSBURG, the Southern army came looking for shoes, but instead they
found the Northern army waiting for them. Then happened the worst fight
in the Civil War - in three days, 38,000 men died.
We learn from history long ago, Roman Emperors, gave their soldiers shoes
with thick soles [bottom of the shoes]. They can move the army against
an enemy quickly, because they can march in those shoes a long time.
Yes, shoes are important for a soldier.
In our fight as Christian soldiers, we remember we fight against who?
We don't fight against people, no. We fight against the devil.
And we fight both defense AND OFFENSE (beat/defeat).
God fights through us to take back the devil's kingdom.
God fights through us to win back souls of men, women and children now
in slavery under Satan, with his lies.
God fights through us to win back people from eternal suffering in hell
to eternal joy in heaven.
God wants His church to become soldiers, not digging holes or trenches
to hide. No! God sends us out to march and defeat(beat) His enemy,
announcing the GOSPEL, telling people the Good News about Jesus.
The devil wants all people judged and punished with him forever in hell.
But God wants all people to know, understand, and believe that Jesus already
got judged and punished for them. For that the reason Jesus suffered
and died on the cross for us. For that reason God can forgive all our
sins and take us to heaven.
And if more people trust Jesus and become saved, God wins and the devil
As soldiers, we march into the devil's country with shoes named the Gospel,
Good News about Jesus.
Another way we use shoes for the Gospel -- we can find in meaning
for that word "gospel."
The Bible word we translate as "GOSPEL" really means in the Greek language:
"Good announce" or "Good message." Our English word
EVANGELISM comes from that same Greek word. And in old times, that
Greek word EVANGELISM or GOSPEL first didn't mean religion.
In old times, that word EVANGELISM, Good Announce, that described the
work one person did, running from the battle field, running back to the
home city, or back to the king, announcing news, "We won!"
Old Testament Bible stories have a few examples. But the most famous
battle runner, his name is PHEIDIPPIDES. [make up a name sign]
?You never heard about him? You will not find his name in the Bible.
But maybe you already know about Pheidippides:
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Long ago, in the year 490 BC, the country named PERSIA, today we name
IRAQ, had a powerful king, named DARIUS.
Maybe you remember King Darius ordered DANIEL thrown into the lions DEN.
Yes, that king. But this story is not about Daniel.
Darius ruled land far west including TURKEY. The next country west,
named Greece, that was stil free. And Greece tried to encourage people
in Turkey to rebel against Darius. King Darius sent his army to punish
The Persia army came in ships, and arrived in Greece, to a place named
MARATHON. That field is 26 miles north from the city named ATHENS.
And Greek soldiers went to meet them. The Greek army had 11,000 men.
The Persians had almost double that: 20,000 soldiers.
The Greeks sent their fastest runner, Pheidippides, to run 120 miles to
the Greek city named SPARTA, asking them to help fight against Persia.
But Sparta had a religious celebration. "No, we will join the war later."
Pheidippides ran back to the army with that bad news.
The Greek army decided to go-ahead and fight anyway. They ran against
the Persian army. Persia shot many arrows against the Greeks.
But the Greeks were strong and fast. The Greeks had better body protection
and better WEAPONS.
Greece lost 192 soldiers. Persia lost 6,400 soldiers. Greece
won. But Greece still had a problem. More Persian ships
arrived south near Athens, with more solders, marching to the city.
The Greek officers in the north wanted to inform the city about their
win, and warn the city, "Don't give-up!"
Pheidippides was already very tired, but still he ran 26 miles from Marathon
to Athens. He must hurry! When Pheidippides entered the
city, he announced, "Rejoice! We won!" Then he fell-down and died.
Today we still honor Pheidippides with 26-mile races named "Marathon."
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In old Greek army language, Pheidippides was the "EVANGELIST", and his
good news, "Rejoice! We won!" that was the "GOSPEL."
Same-as Pheidippides, we have Good News we must hurry to announce:
"Rejoice! Christ won!"
The Old Testament prophet ISAIAH said:
On the mountains
are feet of people bringing Good News,
Your God reigns(rules)!" [Isaiah 52:7]
Notice our lesson about God's armor says we have the Gospel of Peace.
What kind of peace?
?Peace meaning... win the war?
Or ?Peace meaning... two people fighting, stop, and become friends?
Or ?Peace meaning... peace in mind and heart?
Which one? Answer: ALL three.
Christ offers peace - He won against the devil.
 Christ makes us friends with God again.
 Christ gives us peace inside, because we know God forgives all our
sins, and no-matter what happens, God has a good plan for our lives.
Now finally(last), our lesson says:
"Wear on your feet shoes that will prepare you to tell the good
news about peace."
Prepare -- The Bible says:
Christ as the holy Lord in your hearts. Always stay ready: If anyone
asks you about your hope, you can answer in a nice kind way, showing
respect. Keep your conscience clean, and people criticizing your good life
in Christ, they will become ashamed." [1 Peter 3:15-16]
?Can you explain to
people who not-yet know Jesus, explain about that wonderful salvation He
offers to them? I am not talking about inviting people to church or
to Bible study. That is important, yes. But Christ wants each
one of us to bring to lost people, bring that Good News about God's love
for them in Jesus Christ.
Remember: our lesson doesn't say, "Wear some of God's armor."
The Bible doesn't say "Wear only armor that makes you feel comfortable."
No, the Bible says, "Wear ALL of God's armor."
If we don't use all of His armor, the devil can defeat(beat) us.
Question: How can we tell people about Jesus? What can we
We don't need to wait for a training program. Each one of
us can begin now becoming ready to tell people about Jesus.
First, every day each one of us can suspend our busy activities for quiet
time reading the Bible and prayer. This is most important. Before
we can touch other people with God's Word, His Word first must touch us.
Second, every day we can think about people we know, friends and family,
people who don't know Jesus. And we can pray for them. We pray
that God will open their hearts and make them hungry for fellowship with
God. We pray God will bring His word and His life to them.
Third, every day, the minute we wake up, we remember that we belong to
Jesus. Paul said,
crucified [finish died] with Christ. From-now-on, I don't live, but
Christ lives in me." [Galatians 2:20]
With that, we can
pray: "Lord God, I am already dead. Jesus, please come live
in me, live through me today. What do You want to do with me?"
Fourth, every morning we pray, "Lord God, help me tell someone about Jesus
today." God will be eager to answer that prayer.
If we do those four things every day:
 Read and study the Bible,
 Pray for our lost friends and people in our
 Offer ourselves to Christ, for Him to live
in us, and
 Ask God to help us tell one person about
then when we meet people, we will not need to try to discuss "religion."
No, we ask people questions that will encourage them to talk about themselves.
And God will show us how we can answer with truth from His Word, and from
experiences in our walk with Christ.
your feet shoes that will prepare you to tell the good news about peace."
use us as soldiers to destroy the devil's power over people.
Give us your love for lost people. Make us bold to share with them your
Lord God, we
now secretly name to you people we love, who not-yet know Jesus. [Pause
to think about people you know.] Make their hearts open and hungry
for Jesus. Bring them Your Word that gives them life. Don't let them
rest(relax) until they find their peace and rest in You.
How to tell someone about Jesus
Part 5 - Shield of Faith
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