GateWay Church of Visalia
The Philosopher Jesus: Answers for LIfe
September 9 & 12, 2021 Pastor Lance Ainsworth
Locations & Times
  • GateWay Church
    1100 S Sowell St, Visalia, CA 93277, USA
    Thursday 6:45 PM, Sunday 8:30 AM
V38 He is my only son - Children are a blessing from God.
V39 A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams and it throws him into a convulsion with foaming at the mouth; and only with difficulty does it leave him, mauling him as it leaves.
Satan is a morally evil tenant.
- Liar – John 8:44

- One of Satan’s greatest lies. “God is not concerned about you, I can make you happy”
- Accuser – Revelation 12:10
- Thief and Murderer – John 10:10

V42 Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy and gave him back to his father.
God is the morally good owner.
- Truth – John 8:31-32
- Forgiver – Hebrews 9:22
- Eternal Life – John 10:10
We often become the friends we make, the books we read, the movies we see, the songs we sing.
V41 You unbelieving and perverse Generation. (Deuteronomy 32)

- What annoys Jesus?
- What causes lack of faith?
- “Why couldn’t we cast the demon out?” – Mark 9
- Is prayer your first response or last resort?
- Faith is an internal conviction that demonstrates itself with an external action.
- The only power Satan has over you is what you believe he has. Don’t believe in the power of a defeated enemy.
- The only way to cast out an unclean spirit is in the name of Jesus.

V44 Let these words sink into your ears, for the Son of Man is going to be handed over to men
- We are the boy without Jesus and the Son of Man has set us free. (Daniel 7:13-14)
Jesus is saying “Let this sink in.”
#1 I am God
#2 I am Sovereign
#3 I have power over Satan and Demons
#4 I’m choosing to die to conquer Satan’s Deed over the universe and I’m taking back ownership
The Philosopher Jesus: Answers for Life
Luke 9:37-45
Prayer Requests:
Discussion Questions:
Read aloud Luke 9:37-45
1. When the disciples were unable to cast out the demon in Mark 9, Jesus let them know it was because of their lack of prayer. How would you rate your prayer life? How does prayer prepare us for spiritual battles? Is prayer your first response or last resort? How does pride affect our prayer life?
2. Prayer activates and strengthens our faith. What areas of your life are requiring extra faith right now? Can those close to you see your faith in action? What role does faith play when things don’t go your way?
3. We have a real enemy and his name is Satan. How do you see Satan at work in our society? What role does the church play in combating Satan’s plan? What does that look like for you personally?
4. Satan is a liar, accuser, thief and murderer. What lies have you believed? What guilt have you embraced? What has been stolen from you? What has Satan tried to destroy in your life? God is truth, forgiver and life giver. What truth do you need to hold onto? Where do you need to accept God’s forgiveness? Where do you need to experience resurrection life?
Family Time:
At dinner time this week talk through different influences we have in life: music, TV, YouTube, social media and friends. Ask how those things can make a positive or negative impact on our lives? Share how Satan can get a foothold through some of these influences and how we have power over those influences through Jesus. Pray that God would give your family discernment when facing spiritual warfare.

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