Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Explore the Bible: Jesus Defeats Satan

August 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. All around the United States, there were celebrations. Along with the celebrations came the movies, interviews, and memorial services so the story of this great victory could be told. In Revelation 12:1-17, John tells us the story of another great victory in another great war. That is the focus of this weeks Explore the Bible session.

This war has been going on since before the creation of the Garden of Eden and continues to rage on. But, there is coming a time when the victory that has already been won by Jesus Christ becomes a reality. Satan and his evil forces will be defeated once and for all!

The message of these passages is not just one for the past or the future but for the present as well. Our battle today is not just against the persecutors of our time, but it is a supernatural battle. As believers we can stand against the Devil’s evils, including temptation and persecution. In the face of pressure to turn away, true saints will persevere, showing the genuineness of their faith through the word of their testimony.

As you teach these passages be sure to stay focused on this message. You won't be able to reach a consensus on all the various interpretations of these passages, but you can reach a consensus on the reality that we can:
"triumph over him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony; we will not love our lives so much as to shrink from death." (summary of Revelation 12:11)
There are several series of discussion questions and one group activity suggestion in the teaching helps. There are also a lot of summaries, so be careful to not get bogged down in the information. The following video is also a suggestion for the LOOK UP portion of the plan. Sorry, University of Alabama fans, for bringing up old wounds!


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