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Living In A Spiritual War Zone

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Christians are living in a spiritual warzone
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The Arrival of the Kingdom of God in the Person of Jesus

Jesus' earthly ministry reflected the battle between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of satan. An example of this is to be seen in MARK 1:9-28 

Questions

Q1 What happened immediately after Jesus was baptised?  (vv11-12)

Q2 What happened next?  (v13)

Q3 What was the message Jesus preached as soon as he began his ministry?  (vv14-15)

Q4 In verses 21-28 we see that Jesus' proclamation of the arrival of God's kingdom rule was followed
     by a demonstration of it. How?

The Aims of Jesus' Mission    ISAIAH 61:1-3; LUKE 4:16-20

When Jesus stood up in the synagogue at Nazareth and read ISAIAH 61:1-3,  he was announcing the aims of his mission. These were:

•   To PROCLAIM the Good News that God is ultimately in control, not satan   " Your God reigns!"

•   To DEMONSTRATE the inbreaking of God's kingdom by
         -  HEALING the sick and binding up the broken-hearted

         -  SETTING CAPTIVES FREE from bondages of all sorts


Jesus' Commission To His Disciples          LUKE 9:1-2; 10:1,8-9,17-20; MATTHEW 28:19-20

And Jesus gave his disciples the same mission before he ascended back to heaven -

•   To PROCLAIM the Good News that God is ultimately in control, not satan       " Your God reigns!"

•   To DEMONSTRATE the inbreaking of God's kingdom by
         -  HEALING the sick and binding up the broken-hearted

         -  SETTING CAPTIVES FREE from bondages of all sorts


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