(Message 6) Why did God create Satan and what’s going to happen to him in the end? Some of the answers to his origins are still mysterious. However, we can know with certainty about the final destruction of our enemy.
“Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
1 Peter 4:12-13
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”
Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
- Ophiophobiais the abnormal fear of snakes. How would you describe the way you feel about snakes?
Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.
- Read Genesis 3:14-15. Troy referenced the movie “The Passion of the Christ” by Mel Gibson. Did any of you see it? Describe the scene depicting the fulfilment of the prophecies in these verses.
- Jesus said, “It is finished.” in John 19:30. What did He mean by these words? What does this mean for us?
Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.
- Why do you think God created Satan? Troy gives us 3 possible theories as to why God created Satan. Discuss these 3 biblically informed theories.
- Think of a time when a trial revealed your faith. Have you experienced a trial that drew you closer to God? What caused you to move closer to God instead of moving away from Him? What trial are you facing right now? How can you begin to trust God with it?
- Read and discuss each of these verses that encourage us to persevere and live in faith as we grow through testing: 1 Peter 4:12-13; 1 Peter 1:6-7; James 1:2-4 & 12; and Romans 5:3-5.
Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
- In this series, “Angels and Demons”, we’ve examined the definition, creation, spiritual warfare, and judgment of angels and demons. What is the most significant thing God has shown you? How has this made and how will this make a difference in your daily life?
- If you aren’t already using a journal to help you document your journey with the Lord through trials, commit to starting one today.
Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.
- Have someone in your group pray through the requests in your prayer journal.
- Praise God for taking you through the trials that are over and for being with you as you live through your current trials. Ask Him to increase your faith and trust in Him as you persevere in the power of His love.
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