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For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:14-19

After Francis Chan spoke, Gregg Matte led our community groups in this passage on leadership/humility:

Humility is the key to leadership

1. Paul kneeled before the Lord in prayer. This communicates humility (v. 14). False humility is when we accept praise but downplay it outwardly. It’s when we act like can’t do something even though we know we can. Humility is being self-forgetful.

“Catch him at the moment when he is really poor in spirit and smuggle into his mind the gratifying reflection, ‘By jove! I’m being humble’, and almost immediately pride—pride at his own humility—will appear. If he awakes to the danger and tries to smother this new form of pride, make him proud of his attempt—and so on, through as many stages as you please.”

C.S. Lewis – Screwtape Letters

2. Realizing we are leading in the name of Jesus. Non-humility is when we are doing things for accolades and rewards. Only secure people can love – insecure people need something in return.

3. Deep strength comes from the deepest resources (v. 16, 17) – His glorious riches, His mind, His Spirit. We tend to minister out of our own power (our own experiences, personality, knowledge, etc)

MINE – think of this word when you think of Jesus looking at us. We belong to Him. Know that before you go out and minister.

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Halloween is approaching and you now see people decorating their houses with lights. It has become such a commercial holiday. But not only is it about candy and costumes, we are more and more glorifying the horror that represents it. In Hollywood, zombies and ghosts are no longer these feared things. We have movies that glorify them and make them cool. I have a friend who is really into zombies and horror video games. She loves that stuff! I see bars having “The Walking Dead” nights and downtown zombie walks. I honestly feel like I’m missing out on something because I don’t watch the shows. But in reality, evil is very real and it is in the world. It’s not something to adore and we as believers need to be alert and ready.

How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”  

Isaiah 14:12-14

Not everything bad comes from come from Satan (we like to blame him for everything). The root of evil is pride – the pride we have in our hearts. In this passage, Satan was once the most beautiful angel in heaven. But he fell because of his pride, because he wanted to be better than God. Self-centeredness, bitterness, jealously, idolatry, greed – Pride comes from the evil in our own hearts. Satan likes to tempt us to act on these things. Evil comes from our choices when we let the desires of our hearts overcome us.

Satan likes to work in the complexity of our lives –

“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.”

– C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

How did Jesus defeat evil? He became nothing. As Satan tried to control Him, Jesus let’s go. How do we defeat evil, become nothing. Let go. Become weak and follow Jesus. We have God’s power in us to overcome Satan.

For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you.

2 Corinthians 13:4

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