In Part 6 of the series, we discuss the attempts to tap into dark powers. These attempts we place under the umbrella term "Occult." What are some of these practices? Why are they appealing? Is it all fake or is there anything real going on? And how should the people of God view these practices?
Returning to our series on spiritual warfare, we examine the work of demons (or unclean spirits) in the Bible. Where did they come from? What powers do they have? And how may they be connected to the “gods” of the nations?
In the 4th installment of our War Against the Darkness series, we encounter 2 family trees in 1 John 3 - the children of God and the children of the devil. These family trees begin to develop in Genesis 3-4. We trace the development of humans who become part of the family of Satan and how this plays a role in the mission of Jesus.
Everything looks good in God’s creation until this serpent figure shows up in Genesis 3. So who is he? And what about the use of the word “Satan” later in the Scriptures? Is there a discernible backstory here? What was this being’s original purpose? How did he become what he did? These questions may not be answered as definitely as we have assumed or as we would like, but we can at least discern some plausible information.
In the second lesson in our series exploring spiritual warfare, we take a look at a passage which has been problematic or at least strange for biblical interpreters - the origin of some unusually large people called the Nephilim in Genesis 6. And they actually show up again in and around the land of Canaan when it’s time for the Conquest of the land. So where did these giant people come from? Why are they targeted in the Conquest of Canaan? And what does all this have to do with war in the heavenly realm?
In the first of a series on spiritual beings and spiritual warfare, we introduce the angelic realm. Who are these “sons of God” or “host of heaven”? What is their origin? And what is their purpose? How does God desire to use them?