The crowd marvels at Christ's authority in teaching
His message was Mark 1.14-15, the Kingdom of God
'Unclean spirit' = demon
May not have been immediately obvious the man had a demon
An aggressive man confronting Jesus
'What do you have to do with us' a term of rejection
'Come to destroy us' - the man saw Jesus as a threat
After the excorcism the crowd maybe a little afraid as well as amazed
Is Demonic Possession Real?
Often relegated to the past or ancient explanation of psychiatric illness
The Bible affirms the spiritual
The Bible distinguishes demon-possession from 'insanity' (Deut 28.34, Jer 51.7)
The Bible recounts things that can't be explained psychologically (Jesus casting demons into pigs!)
Many accounts of demonic activity still today
The Western scientific method can't include the supernatural so rejects it
[When exorcists need help, they call him](https://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/04/health/exorcism-doctor/index.html)
Christians and the Demonic
Christians are filled with the Spirit and part of God's Kingdom, demons are excluded
Colossians 2.15 “He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; he triumphed over them in him.”
Demons can still attack and deceive
1Tim. 4.1-2 “Now the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons, through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared.”
We put on spiritual armour — truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, the Word of God, and prayer. (Eph 6.13-18)
The Authority of the Kingdom of God
The presence of God came to church and all hell broke loose!
Disciples would do what Jesus did and get similar reactions.
“All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations… And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28.18–20)
Jesus has commissioned us with his authority and presence.
We should expect to provoke similar reactions.
Our manner should be humility and our motive love
To move in this authority we need to be committed to the Kingdom life.
How did you go with last week’s commitments?
Re-read the passage in a couple of different translations
Retell the passage in your own words
Do you have an experience of the demonic or supernatural you'd like to share?
(If this is not resolved, ask your group or the pastors to pray with you.)
What stops us living in the authority Christ has given us?