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Supernatural: The Real Battleground

Luke 4:31-37
Jesus miracles – including casting out demons – did three things:
Mark 2:1-11

Mark 1:14-15

The focus of spiritual warfare throughout scripture is on calling people to: ____________________________ and ____________________________.

What do we learn from scripture about casting out demons?

We never see a demon that _________________/_______________a believer.

Jesus cast out demons to address ____________________, not ___________.

Mark 5:1-13

Mark 9: 17-27

There are no _____________________________ or _____________________ given.

We are never directly commanded in scripture to _____________________________________.
Mark 16:15-20

What should I do?
____________________________ and _________________________________________.

Ephesians 6:18b-20

Summary: “Pray that God would give me the right words to speak, and that I would boldly share the gospel as I should.”

Colossians 2:13-15
We do not fight _____________________; we fight _________________________.


Have you ever had an unexplained supernatural experience with the spirit realm? Have you heard stories from people you know about encountering demons and such? What was your reaction, and how do you feel about this topic?

Why do think it’s important to filter any supernatural experiences through what the scriptures have to say?

Jesus’ miracles – including casting out demons – accomplished three things. Why do you think each of these were important?

Review the four things we learn from scripture about casting out demons. Are there any that surprise you? How do you feel about these statements?

Why do you think the emphasis throughout scriptures is calling people to repent from sin and turn to God, rather than casting out demons and things of that nature?

Consider the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. We usually relate this prayer to our own life. But take a few minutes to look at each verse through the lens of “spiritual warfare” and the real battleground of proclaiming the gospel message. How does that change your perspective on the prayer? What are things you can pray about in each area?

Who are the people in your life that you need to courageously share the gospel with?
Take time to pray for these individuals.

Supernatural: Three Battlefronts (The Flesh, The World and the Devil)

Three main battlefronts in the spiritual war.
Ephesians 2:1-3a And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience-among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind…

1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life-is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

THE FLESH (anything that _____________________________________________)
THE WORLD (anything that ___________________________________________)
THE DEVIL (anything that _____________________________________________)
Ephesians 6:18

P.S. You’ll find __________________________________________ through ___________________________________________.

Galatians 5:16-17
1 Corinthians 2:12
1 John 4:2-4

“Prayer is the mightiest of all weapons that created natures can wield.” ~ Martin Luther


We are getting to the end of the SUPERNATURAL series.  As we wrap up this series on spiritual warfare, what questions do you have that you would still like answered?

Leaders: please record these  questions and send them to Pastor Eric immediately following your group session.  You do not need to include the names of those who asked them.


The following scripture passages speak more extensively about the three battlefronts we face in the spiritual battle.  Read through them individually.  After you read it, ask:

1) What more does this tell me about this particular battlefront?

2) What does this passage say about the Holy Spirit’s help with this battlefront?

The Flesh    Romans 13:14   Romans 8:4b-9    Galatians 5:16-25

The World   Titus 2:11-12     John 14:16-17     1 Corinthians 2:12

The Devil    1 John 3:7-10    1 John 4:1-6

What specific prayer requests do you have in each battlefront area of your life?

Ephesians 6:18  How would you describe your prayer life?

PRAYERS: Have you ever had ‘wishes’ that you offered to God, but ended up exchanging those ‘wishes’ because God had something else in mind?  Explain.

SUPPLICATIONS: What are the things you urgently need God’s provision for in your life?

Take time to pray on behalf of each other and the needs of the people in your group.


Supernatural: The Armor of God: (Shield of Faith, Sword of the Spirit)

Ephesians 6:10-18a

The shield of faith is about _____________________________________________.

Faith is “our absolute confidence and trust in God, His promises, His power, and His program [plan] for our lives.” ~ Kenneth Samuel Wuest, Moody Bible Professor (1893-1962)

This piece of armor enables us to ______________________________________.
Matthew 4:1-10

The sword of the spirit is about ________________________________________.

This piece of armor enables us to ______________________________________.
Matthew 4:1-10

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

2 Timothy 3:14-17 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

This Week’s Challenge:

Key Idea:

______________________________ and _______________________________________.



What are your favorite lines from a movie (or book)? Why do you like it?
Have you ever done something with great confidence, only to realize how little skill you possessed? How did that turn out for you?

Genesis 3:1-7 Consider the specific things mentioned about the fruit in verse 6. How would the shield of faith and the sword of the spirit helped Adam and Eve say no to Satan and Yes to God in those areas?

2 timothy 3:17 There are at least four things that the scriptures are useful for. How have you experienced its usefulness in each area?
Training/Spiritual Development:

Ephesians 6:16-17 How do you feel that trusting God’s protection would help you say no to Satan? How do you feel that fighting back with truth would help you say yes to God?

How often are you spending time reading or studying God’s word? Do you make any effort to memorize scripture? Why or why not?

How do you think doing those things would better equip you to STAND FIRM and PRESS AHEAD in your spiritual battle?

Supernatural: The Armor of God (Shoes of Readiness, Helmet of Salvation)

Ephesians 6:10-18a
In this spiritual battle:
Ephesians 6:15 “and, as shoes for your feet…put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.”
The shoes of readiness are about being ___________________________ and __________________________________________ the Gospel.

5 Facets of the Gospel:
Challenge: write out the gospel in your own words and share it with somebody.

We need this armor because Satan will try to _______________________________.

The helmet of salvation is realizing _________________________________
Salvation’s complete picture:
You have been ______________________________________.
You are being ____________________________________.
You will be ___________________________________.
Romans 8:28-30
We need this armor because Satan will try to _______________________________.
Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…”



What is your favorite sport, if any? Why do you enjoy it?

Share your written version of the gospel using the 5 facets talked about in the message.
How do you see your life as being established in the gospel you shared? How prepared (willing and able) are you to share the gospel with others? Why do you say that?
Who are some specific people you know that are not yet at peace with God that need to hear the gospel message?
After sharing, take time as a group to pray for them.
Romans 8:28-30 How do you see the complete picture of salvation written in this text? Verse 28 reminds that all things work together for the good of those who love God.. How do to see the good events of your life as accomplishing God’s work in you? How do you see the bad ones doing that?
What are the greatest areas of doubt for you about your salvation: in the past, in the present , or in the future? Why do you say that? How does the helmet of salvation help in still confidence?

APPLICATION QUESTIONS: What aspects of your faith do you feel a lack of confidence in? Why do you think that is? How do you see putting on the shoes of readiness and the helmet of salvation as able to help you live your faith out with confidence?

Supernatural: The Armor of God (Breastplate of Righteousness)

Ephesians 6:13-17

The breastplate of righteousness is about ____________________________.

We need this piece of armor because Satan will try to ___________________________________________________________________________.
Luke 22:1-6
Four ways we develop spiritual blind spots:
We _________________________________________________________
We _________________________________________________________
We _________________________________________________________
We _________________________________________________________

The Goal:
John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commands.”

Question to consider this week:
In what area of my life has God spoken truth that I am not presently following?

Three things that can help you discover blind spots:

1. _________________________________________________________

2. _________________________________________________________

3. ______________________________________________________________________

Psalm 139:1-4, 23-24 “O LORD, you have searched me and known me!  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.  You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.  Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether…. Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”


Have you ever had a collision or near miss because you didn’t see what was in your blind spot? Describe what happened and how you felt.

Ephesians 6:14 What connections can you see between the belt of truth (genuine relationship with Jesus) and the breastplate of righteousness (living right)?
2 Samuel chapters 11:1-18, 26-27 and 12:1-18. What were David’s blind spots? How could he have avoided the trouble he found himself in?
Consider the courage it took for Nathan to speak into David’s life. Is there someone who does that with you?

We heard four ways that blind spots often develop in our lives. Can you think of any others? Which of the four do you see most in the lives of people you know? Which one is the greatest challenge for you?
On a scale of 1-10, how often do you find that your life and your love for Jesus are lined up? Why do you say that?

The question to consider this week was: “In what area of my life has God spoken truth that I am not presently following?” Would you be willing to your areas with the group? Are there any courageous next steps you need to take to get your life in line with your love for Jesus? (Spend some time praying for each person who shares.)

Supernatural: The Armor of God (Belt of Truth)


Ephesians 6:10-17


Ephesians 6:14 : “Stand, therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth…”

The belt of truth is a ___________________________________________ __________________________________________________with Jesus.

The belt of truth is important because ______________________________.
Genesis 3:1-6
2 Corinthians 11:3 “I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

We need to seek a true understanding of ____________________________.
Colossians 1:15-19
2 Corinthians 10:4-5

We think that what we think about Christ doesn’t really affect some of the details of our life. We don’t think it connects, but it does. What we believe about Christ and who Christ is and our knowledge of Christ has everything to do with how we will live at work, at home, at play, at school… everything. It’s driven by a true understanding of who Christ is.
~David Platt from Secret Church teaching on spiritual warfare.

How can we be sure our relationship with Jesus is a truthful and honest one?
Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!

Next Step:



Have you ever bought or ordered something that turned out to not be the real deal?
How did you feel about being deceived? What did you do about it?

Ephesians 6:10-17 The belt was the first piece of equipment that a soldier would put on. It represents a genuine and honest relationship with God. Why do you think this is the first thing Paul mentioned? Why is it so important?
2 Corinthians 11:3 What are ways Satan leads people astray from sincere and pure devotion to Jesus? What has been effective in leading you astray personally in the past?
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 What are some of the arguments and opinions that come against the truth of Jesus that you have encountered recently? Hint: think about this in a very broad sense. Think about comments in news broadcasts, the internet, TV shows, in the movies, in politics, etc, as well as in your direct conversations with others.

How does a true understanding of who Jesus is help you to STAND FIRM in your faith?
How does a true understanding of who Jesus is help you PRESS AHEAD with the gospel?
In the message we heard a statement mentioning two things will help us make sure that we have an honest relationship with Christ. Can you recall that statement? How would each aspect help you personally have a more authentic relationship with Jesus?
When was the last time you discovered something new about Jesus as you were searching the scriptures? Can you recall what was it? When was the last time God corrected you about something you thought or believed?

Supernatural: Spiritual Warfare


Ephesians 6:10-13
First Command: _______________________________________ (verse 10)
Second Command:______________________________________ (verse 11)

Satan has ___________________ that he uses against us.
Slanderer John 13:2 Accuser Rev. 12:10                                       Opportunistic Adversary 2 Cor. 10:11  Tempter Gen. 3            Deceiver Gen. 3 Liar John 8:43-45
Murderer John 8:44 Evil One 1 John 5:19

Satan is a ______________________.
Isaiah 14:12-15

Satan is the ‘_____________________________.’
2 Corinthians 4:4 “In their case, the god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

We’re in a _______________________ against a _____________________________ and the ___________________________________.

Spiritual warfare consists of two key things:
1. __________________________ in your faith.
2. __________________________ with the gospel.

When spiritual attacks will come:
1. When you take a step of faith .
2. When you invade enemy territory.
3. When you expose Satan for who really he is.
4. When you break from sinful patterns.
5. When God is preparing you for something great.

(adapted from Chip Ingram’s Living on the Edge website)


What interests you most about the SUPERNATURAL series?
How much time have you spent studying or investigating the supernatural realm (God, Satan, angels, demons and spiritual warfare)?
What is at least one question you hope to have answered in this series? (write it below)
Ezekiel 28:12-19 Satan was the greatest of all created beings, yet pride led to his downfall. How do you see pride becoming a spiritual obstacle for people around you?
Isaiah 14:12-15 Why do you think the desire for power was so seductive to Satan? How do you see it in the people around you?
Ephesians 6:10-13
Spiritual warfare consists of standing firm in your faith. What challenges are you facing in this area?
Spiritual warfare also consists of pressing ahead with the gospel. What challenges are you facing in this area?

When you consider the five times when spiritual opposition is likely, which of them have you experienced in your life? Are there any of them you are experiencing now? Explain.


Supernatural: The Sovereign God

(NOTE: This message was given at our worship gathering but due to technical issues it was re-recorded without a live audience the next day.)

God is ______________; everything is ________________________.

Question 1: If God is sovereign, are we just like ‘puppets on a string’ who have to do whatever He wants?

Two true statements:

Question 2: If God is sovereign and created all things, isn’t he to blame for sin, evil and suffering in the world?

Genesis 3:1-13
Three types of evil that are present at the fall:
1._________________ evil (Satan tempts Adam and Eve)
2._________________ evil (Adam and Eve disobey God)
3._________________ evil (Sin affects all of creation)
All sin, evil and suffering we experience is the result of ___________________.

James 1:13-17

God is ______________________________________ of sin, evil and suffering but He is _________________________________________.

Question 3: If God is sovereign, good and all-powerful, why doesn’t he do something about sin, evil and suffering in the world?

2 Peter 3:8-9 “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
Job 1:20-22
The real issue is this:
When God doesn’t treat sin, evil and suffering the way we expect Him to will we ______________________________________________?

1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Supernatural: The Spiritual Realm

The only authoritative source of truth on the subject of spiritual warfare is:    ___________________________________.


Omnipresent              Jeremiah 23:24 and Psalm 139:7-10

Omnipotent               Jeremiah 32:17, 27  and Luke 1:37

Omniscient                 Psalm 147:5 and 1 John 3:20

Holy                                Leviticus 19:2, 1 Samuel 2:2 and Psalm 96:9

Righteous                   Psalm 145:17

Infinite                          Psalm 90:2 and Revelation 1:8

Creator                        Genesis 1-2

Sovereign                   Psalm 2:1-4 and Acts 4:24-28

God  is _______________________________________ in the story.

All of humanity, all the angels, all the demons, and even Satan himself are nothing more than role players in this spiritual drama.


created by God      Colossians 1:15-6

spiritual beings with no physical body      Hebrews 1:14

emotional and intellectual beings       Job 38:7, 1 Pet 1:12, Mat. 24:36

powerful, but have limited power      Job 1, 2

knowledgeable, but limited knowledge      Mark 13:32, 1 Peter 1:12

Immortal      Hebrews 1:13-14

Q. How many angels are there?  A. ________________________________!

Angels have various classes or ranks: Cherubim, Seraphim, Living Creatures, Archangel

Angels worship God.  Isaiah 6:3, Luke 2:13-14 and Revelations 4-5

Angels have moral choice Jude 1:6

Fallen angels (demons):

were created good

chose to do evil

wage war against humanity

Satan (the devil):

Satan is a fallen angel

Satan is a created being

Satan was a cherub, the highest ranking among created beings

Satan was beautiful and powerful, but pride was his downfall

Ezekiel 28:12-19

Satan is limited in power and knowledge

God and Satan are __________________________________________!

Revelation 12 Satan led a portion of the angels in a rebellion against God.

Revelation 20  They will one day be thrown into a lake of fire where they will be     tormented day and night forever and ever.

Jude 1:6  2 Peter 2:4  Hebrews 2:16

Fallen angels have _________________________________________ for their ______________________________________ against God… but _________________!