3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3 – 5, New International Version)
Theme: Local Church
I gained so much from the comments left during our consideration of the Discipline of Bible Study. Thanks so much to everyone who left a comment. We turn our attention today to the Discipline of Spiritual Warfare. As we did for Bible Study, we will dedicate today to answering some questions about Spiritual Warfare and your local church.
There is always a risk that local churches either underplay spiritual warfare (i.e., act as if it doesn’t exist or isn’t an issue to concentrate on), or overplay spiritual warfare (i.e., describe almost every negative occurrence as demonic). The questions that follow are meant to promote explicit thinking about the local church’s response to spiritual warfare. The questions recognize that the enemy often uses deception, greed, pride, indiscipline, and division as weapons against local churches.
Again, please note that you will not be expected to share your answers to the questions.
- Does your local church teach about spiritual warfare, including the enemy’s desire to destroy local churches and God’s ultimate assured victory?
- Does your local church consistently pray for church leaders, recognizing that Satan likes to destroy leaders?
- Does your local church have grievance and disciplinary policies?
- Does your church have access to resources to deal with mental health challenges?
Optional Secondary Questions (if you have the time):
- Does your local church have a conflict resolution process?
- Does your church have policies targeted at protecting the vulnerable (e.g., vetting process for those interacting with children)?
While you are not expected to share your answers to the questions above, we would still love to hear from you. Based on your answers to the questions, what are your thoughts about the treatment of spiritual warfare in your local church?