The Supernatural (Weird)

Small Group Questions

What’s the weirdest thing that you have seen?

What is the most supernatural part of your faith?

Describe a time where you were deceived? How did you deal with it once you found out? How do you think you could have prevented being deceived?

What is your relationship with the Holy Spirit?

The Super Natural (Weird) Colossians 1: 15-18 (NLT)\

Last week Pastor Jay spoke about:

  1. This is a young church which is in the middle of a gentile environment
  2. Lot of pagan and mystical influences
  3. Paul is writing to get them rooted in the true Gospel

1. Acknowledgement of the Super natural world

  1. Trash can story – Everyone has a moment that you have seen or heard something weird, you ignored it because you could not get any logic from it
  2. Weird – unnatural, preternatural. weird, eerie, unearthly, uncanny refer to that which is mysterious and apparently outside natural law. Weird refers to that which is suggestive of the fateful intervention of supernatural influences in human affairs
  3. And for this young Church Paul is wanting them to be aware of the power of the super natural
    • Colossians 1:16 (AMP) For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [by His service, intervention] and in and for Him.
  4. What I love about it, is that unlike the world, the super natural is not an addition to being a Christian, it’s part of being a Christian.
  5. Matthew 6:33(Ampc) – But seek ([a]aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness ([b]His way of doing and being right), and then all these things [c]taken together will be given you besides
    • You want knowledge on what is going on around you physically – Seek God first and His righteousness
    • You want to be aware of the Spiritual – supernatural power of God– Seek God first and His righteousness
    • You want to have a good life – Seek God first and His righteousness
  6. Find Jesus and have your eyes openned to power of Christ – the seen and the unseen
  7. Just like Paul, I am trying to let you be spiritually aware (awake) so you don’t miss what God is doing in this season and the season to come.
  8. Isaiah 55:8-9For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.
    • Understand this – We have very limited knowledge when it comes to the things of God
    • The difference and distance between God and man is revealed, not to discourage us from seeking Him, but to keep us humble as we seek. “You may conclude that it is not intended that you should understand the infinite, for you are told that His thoughts and ways are far above you; but you are required to seek Him while he may be found, and call upon Him while He is near.” (Spurgeon)
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  1. Examples in the bible

All throughout the bible you will see how God works in the super natural. Here are some things that we know but can’t explain (not in a particular order)

  1. God Spoke and the world become – Genesis 1:2-3 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness [a]was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
  2. Jesus is conceived by a virgin girl – Matthew 1:23
  3. Philip appears and instantly is teleported – Acts 8:26-40
    • Philip is sent by an angel to a deserted road
    • He meets a Eunuch from Ethiopia
    • Holy Spirit tells him to and speak to him as he tries to read the scripture that he was not understanding
    • Philip offers explanation
    • Eunuch gets baptized and didn’t see Philip anymore
    • Immediately he finds himself 21 miles away from Jerusalem to Azotus (Auburn to New Castle, Graham)
  4. Abraham is about to sacrifice Isaac and a lamb shows up – Genesis 22:13
  5. 90 years old Sarah gives birth – Genesis 21:2
  6. Paul is stones to death, then gets up and goes back to preach – Acts 14:19-20 But some Jews arrived there from Antioch and Iconium; and having persuaded the people and won them over, they stoned Paul and [[a]afterward] dragged him out of the town, thinking that he was dead. But the disciples formed a circle about him, and he got up and went back into the town; and on the morrow he went on with Barnabas to Derbe.
  7. Peter’s shadow heals people – Acts 5:14-16 So that they [even] kept carrying out the sick into the streets and placing them on couches and sleeping pads, [in the hope] that as Peter passed by, at least his shadow might fall on some of them.  And the people gathered also from the towns and hamlets around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those troubled with foul spirits, and they were all cured.
  8. Elisha was dead and when they threw a dead dude in there, his bones raised the dude 2 Kings 13:21
  9. Jesus rose from the dead – Mark 16:6 – Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth,[a] who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body.
  10. Moses sees a burning bush (Exodus 3) and the Israeliteshad walked through the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on their right and on their left – Exodus 14:29
  11. The Israelites are led by a pillar of fire at night and a cloud during the day – Exodus 13:21
  12. Elisha asks the servant eyes to be open so that he can see the angel armies surrounding them – 2 Kings 6:17
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  1. Elijah is taken up to heaven by a Chariot of fire with Horses on fire – 2 King 2:11
  2. Balaam has a conversation with his donkey –Numbers 22:28-31 Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”  Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.” The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?”“No,” he said. Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So, he bowed low and fell facedown.
  3. Understanding God’s power ‘acceptance” will lead us to allowing God to do the super natural in our lives – Bible become Alive
    1. Kenyan story with the possessed girl – I had read about how Paul rebuked her and cast our demons and that all – Acts 16:16-40
  4. Understanding the battle, we are against
    1. It’s not physical – Ephesians 6:12 (AMPC) – For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.
      • I give you this evidence to realize that just because we ignore it or TV makes it cool in movies, there is a Spiritual battle for you soul
    2. It was important for this young Church to know that there is a battle but more important that no matter what they face, God is Supreme
  5. Church will endure
    1. The Supreme King purchased the Church with His Son’s blood
    2. Just as He is from the beginning to the end, so shall be His Church
    3. Benson comments and says “ The apostle having displayed the greatness of the Son, as Creator of all things, visible and invisible, in the heavens and upon the earth, proceeds, in this clause, to display His glory as head of the church, which is called the body, and his body, that as the human body is influenced, directed, and governed by the head, so the church universal, including the whole body of believers, is influenced, directed, and governed by Christ its head. “
    4. Stop looking for Spiritual things outside Christ and His church
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  1. Warning
    1. Matthew 24:24 -For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones.
    2. A time is coming when many will fall, thinking that they are in the right because they will be led astray by the spirit that is not of God. You need to be #Planted
    3. Understand the authentic Spirit that comes only from God. Pray for discernment
    4. Colossians 1:9 (AMP) – For this reason we also, from the day we heard of it, have not ceased to pray and make [[a]special] request for you, [asking] that you may be filled with the [b]full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [[c]in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things
      • I pray the same for you and our Church in Jesus name- Amen!
    5. Revelation 22:13 – I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last (the Before all and the End of all). – Seek nothing outside Christ and His Church!!

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