From Satan 3

Series: Protecting From Satan
Presenter: Bob Deffinbaugh

In this five part series, Bob Deffinbaugh presents the importance of the elders in the church protecting the congregation from Satan.

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. Why does Satan specialize in attacking leadership?
If you cause the leader to fall, then you can affect the people he leads.
2. When physical suffering happens, who causes it, Satan or God?
Both are at work, but Satan is causing it for evil, God is causing it for good. (Gen 50:20)
3. What are some ways Satan disguises himself as a friend, helper, and teacher?
He convinced Eve that he knew better than God what was good for her. He tried to use Peter to “protect” Jesus from the cross, tried to “help” Jesus with “counsel” on how to solve his hunger problem.

Discuss It

  1. Since Satan can use even friends, how then can you evaluate whether advice from a friend is of God or of Satan? Or is there an in-between situation, where it is from neither?
  2. How does it make you feel as a leader that Satan specializes in attacking you? What can you do to guard yourself against him?
  3. How would you respond to the statement, “Insubordination is a big problem in the church?”

Apply It

  1. Contemplate which of Satan’s tactics you are most vulnerable to. Find someone whom you can trust and confide the vulnerability to them, and ask them to hold you accountable (give them permission to ask you about your struggle, call you up when you fall down).

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