Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
Andrew Knight provides this Scripture Index sheet to accompany his sermon from July 5, 2015, at the North Campus, titled 'Sobered by Satan, Standing in Christ' (Genesis 3:1–15).
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made.
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my weekend sermon on April 18/19, “Fooled by Satan’s Servants" (2 Corinthians 11:5–15). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
Paul tries to break the spell the “super-apostles” have over the Corinthians through three points of comparison, showing that he is not inferior to these false apostles:
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my weekend sermon on April 11/12, “Fooled by Satan" (2 Corinthians 11:1–11). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
- Divine Jealousy (v. 2)
- Divine Marriage (v. 2)
- Satanic Seduction (vv. 3–4)
Main Point: Receive Paul’s words as God’s passionate plea for a pure devotion to Christ.
I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But 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. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.
I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!—I beg of you that when I am present I may not have to show boldness with such confidence as I count on showing against some who suspect us of walking according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
Jim Elliot (1927–1956) wrote, “The devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, crowds … Satan is quite aware of the power of silence.”
—Quoted by Burk Parsons in Tabletalk, January 2013
Last week this blog posted a couple snippets of John’s remarks at the Desiring God Conference for Pastors. He spoke again, and here are a few other snippets:
There is more joy to be yours than you now have.
Union with Christ produces action!
Satan is servant, not master.
Note: While Pastor Sam is on vacation, his assistant, Bryan DeWire, will be filling in for him on the blog.
"One little word will fell him!"
Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the ruler of this world be cast out.
1 John 3:8
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same nature, that through death he might destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil.