The Breastplate of Righteousness
Topic: Book Study Verse: Ephesians 6:14
War: The Breastplate of Righteousness
There are 3 very real enemies that we face: Society, Self, Satan. Ephesians 6:12 tells us to put on this armor because of the powers and authorities that we battle against. They, however, are nothing to fear because God has given us His arsenal to fight with. Paul writes in a way that associates the armor of God to aspects of His very character, which He is imputing or giving to us through Jesus. This is all a work of His grace.
- Why does God give us this armor to begin with? 
- What truths do you know in Scripture and how does it help prepare you to stand against the enemy?
The image of the breastplate is one of the most integral pieces of protection in battle. Just as a soldier would not forget this piece, Christians cannot forget to apply this principle in order to protect the vital organs of our lives. We must gird ourselves in truth and protect ourselves from vulnerability.
- What is righteousness?
- How can your Community Group help you to guard yourselves against attacks of the enemy?
God views man as sinful. That means we need a level of righteousness in order to meet God’s standard of perfection. The enemy will try to give us false truths and tell you that this is not true, but we see in 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 that Jesus is the means with which God’s love provided us the cornerstone of salvation. The love of God changes our eternal position. Jesus became our sin so that we could become His righteousness standing before God.
- How do we remind each other of the righteousness Jesus died to give us?
- What distractions keep us from remembering our position with God in Jesus?
In the Gospel, God offers to trade something of immeasurable worth for something completely worthless. To walk away from the righteousness of God is to cling to the righteousness of one’s own self. Refusing God’s grace in your lives screams that you are able to save yourself. Giving yourself to self-righteousness in refusing God’s love presents your body and life as a weapon of unrighteousness to be used distracting others of the truth of God.
- How are you currently pursuing practical righteousness right now in life?
- How can your community group help you love God more and thereby wagewar against the enemy?
Ephesians 6:13-15 ESV:
 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.  Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,  and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
Psalm 45:6 ESV:
 “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.
The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;”
Romans 3:9-10 ESV:
 “What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin,  as it is written:
‘None is righteous, no, not one;”
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 ESV:
 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;  that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
1 Corinthians 15:55 ESV:
 “O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
Romans 6:13-14 ESV:
 “Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.  For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.”
Romans 12:21 ESV:
 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
 See Ephesians 6:11-13
 Romans 3:9-10