Thursday, 21 November 2019

Discipleship Curricula

Making disciples is the system followed by Christ from the beginning of his ministry with the twelve disciples, and again, later, with the seventy apostles. The practice of discipleship is not one of the various ways that we can choose to use, it is the only way, and the solution for preparing every new generation of believers for ministry and leadership, to influence the lives of others—because Jesus Christ himself used discipleship. This curriculum aims to help new believers grow in their spiritual life.

3 - Spiritual Warfare

War is the practice of hostility and resistance between two parties that are different in certain ways. They are opponents who differ on some important matter, such as nature, origins, principles, objectives, actions, or intentions. Their intent is always to cause damage or disrupt the works, objectives, and plans of the other party. The Bible says, "For we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, more than once—and yet Satan hindered us," (I Thessalonians 2:18).

A spiritual warfare exists between believers in Jesus Christ, who have spiritual and eternal life, and the devil, who is himself a "spirit," and who also has with him with many evil spirits who work only in evil, corruption and lies. It is not a physical war, according to our conceptions, but it is an invisible war.

"If from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die," (I Corinthians 15:32).

In fact, this conflict is between two kingdoms, namely, the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness: "...Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son," (Colossians 1:12,13). It is the greatest of all conflicts in life.

In Contrast, the wars of the Old Testament, and all battles mentioned in the Old Testament, were real wars, but they were shadows or symbols of all the spiritual warfare (which would be revealed in the New Testament) between the children of God and the devil. The physical meaning of "war" is not mentioned at all in the New Testament, even between those who resisted faith in Christ, and the believers, or the church.

Moreover, when we look closely, we see that when the men of God and the people of God in the Old Testament entered into any physical war, they were fighting spiritual realities. This is because the devil and the evil spirits with him were the basis of idolatry, which was used by the people to desecrate the land. Idolatry worship itself is a form of harassment against God's people, and against the real saints of the earth. The Old Testament wars then combine the visible and invisible wars together.

Who are our enemies?...

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