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?
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.
Responses to the following:
What does it mean to be delivered to Satan (1 Cor. 5:5; 1 Tim. 1:20)?
I believe bad health, old age, and waiting to die is a burden. What did Jesus mean in Matthew 11:28-30?
One of Satan's strategies is to confuse us on who our real enemy is. If he could just get us to turn on each other, our army would be destroyed with the enemy suffering no real casualties. We discuss some ways this can happen.
A professor of mine once equated cheating with "reaching down and bringing filth from the gutters of hell into this classroom." Does that seem a little exaggerated to say that about a sinful action? Maybe not, after you look closely at a passage like James 3. How sobering a thought would it be if we realized that every action we take this week will either bring a piece of heaven or a piece of hell to this earth? You are caught in a battle of expansion between 2 kingdoms, and your actions this week may be contributing more to the other side than you think.
With facing temptation a theme of many of our recent sermons, we tackle the big picture questions in this one: Who is behind it? And what purpose might it serve?
With the showdown with Satan in the wilderness, George MacDonald said that Jesus was not so much tempted WITH evil but TO evil. We explore each of these temptations, why Jesus needed the temptation, how Satan twists something virtuous into something sinful, and how Jesus responded to His temptations.
A closer look at the temptation in the Garden as a paradigm of Satan's 3-fold strategy that he's still using today