Theme: The Ministry of Satan, I Peter 5:8
Week 1: August 5
Topic: Who Is Satan?
He was Lucifer, one of the three
archangels created by God and assigned special leadership attributes and
positions among angels in heaven, the
others being Michael and Gabriel, Isaiah 14:12; Daniel 12:1, Lk 1:26
In creating him God took His time to
assemble special resources, including precious stones and musical instruments
so that he would shine as the “son of the morning” Isaiah 14:12 as he conducted
the heavenly choir, Ezek. 28:13-15
But Lucifer transformed himself into an
evil archangel and thus his name changed to satan, the evil one. Why? He became
envious of God and thus recruited one third of the angelic host in an attempt
to size power. Rev 12:3&4. He was defeated and driven out of heaven, Isaiah
14:12-17, Ezek 28:15-19; Rev. 12:7-9
Week 2: August 12
Topic: Satan: His Titles And Roles
1. The Serpent- the evil genius who
deceived Adam and Eve and caused them to sin against God. Gen. 3:1-6. Although
he was cursed, along with Adam and Eve he caused Adam to lose his position of
leadership and authority on earth, Gen. 3:14-19
2. Devil – the evil one who terrorises the
saints, Eph. 6:10-17
3. The Prince of This World, the head of
the demonic order who uses them to cause disorder and chaos, John 12:31
4. The Dragon, the wild beast who
organized rebellion in heaven but failed, to achieve his objective, Rev.
Week 3: August 19
Ministry of Satan
(i) He seeks to undermine or even destroy
the kingdom of God on earth. This was his overriding purpose in tempting Jesus
at the beginning of His Ministry, Matt. 4:1-11
(ii) He oppresses men and women especially
those who have the potential for committed service to God, Mark 5:1-20, Lk.
(iii) At the end of the Temptation of Jesus He
went away for a “season”, Lk. 4:13. However he returned later and tried to
achieve the same purpose through Peter, one of the closest disciples, Matt.
16:21-23, Lk. 22:31-34, 55-62.
(iv) During Paul’s First Missionary Journey, satan
showed up at Paphos, using a Jew named Bar-jesus, to oppose the efforts of Paul
and Barnabas to minister the Gospel to the Proconsul, Acts 13:6-11. He
(v) As recorded by John, Jesus had exposed
the strategy of the devil as a rogue, a killer and destroyer, John 10:10.
Therefore no committed christian can claim ignorance of his strategies or
Week 4: August
Theme/Topic: The Ministry of Satan