A SPIRIT CAFÉ DISCUSSION GUIDE
1. Welcome and introduce newcomers to the café
2. Open with a prayer for God’s guidance and presence
3. Ask everyone if they heard Sunday’s message.
September 19, 2021
THE ENEMIES PLAYBOOK
1 Corinthians 10
The battle is inevitable. We are in a conflict that is not going away. It seems that those who willingly choose the plan of God become the biggest targets. There are times when it is difficult to see any purpose behind the conflict. Sometimes the questions have no answer, and other answers seem old and worn.
There is a plan.
Our Father knows our weaknesses and helplessness against the forces arrayed against us. When we find ourselves facing this battle we know that His plan is not for our failure but for our future. In the battle we learn truths about the nature of God, his faithfulness and his plan. There is something about the battle that presses us to rely on God in ways that we cannot learn in times of prosperity.
In 1 Cor 10 the Apostle Paul reminds us of a dark time in Israel’s history. Their fall in the passage provides insight into the enemy’s strategies of attack on us today.
The timing of the attack
For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. I Corinthians 10:1-4 NIV
¨ What were some of the good things that Israel had going for them?
¨ Do you feel more vulnerable to spiritual attack in times of adversity or in times of prosperity?
¨ How does the enemy time his attacks in your life?
¨ How has prosperity contributed to our lack of faith today?
Assault of the Spirit
The first line of attack went straight to the heart.
5Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. 6Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 7Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.” I Cor 10:5-7 NIV
The first area where Israel fell was in the area of idolatry. Even today it is our worship that is the very first line of attack. If the enemy can steal our love for God or even distract us from this priority then he has already won the spiritual battle.
¨ What is self styled worship and why is it particularly dangerous?
Assault of the Flesh
The second prong of the attack went to the physical senses. The Bible describes the flesh as the physical part of our humanity. The impulses of the flesh fall into 3 basic urges that are shared by every living being. The three are provision, reproduction, and security.
8We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9We should not test Christ, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes. I Cor 10:8-9 NIV
Note on v9: what does it mean to test Christ as referred to in this passage?
¨ When does a natural desire become sinful?
Assault of the Will
In the wilderness we come to a crossroad. The path before us will ask us the one ultimate question: “ are you willing to unconditionally and joyfully surrender every part of our life to the plan of God ?”
And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel. 1 Corinthians 10:10 NIV
¨ At what point does doubt become a real spiritual issue?
¨ What fears do you have about surrendering to the plan of God unconditionally?
¨ How does God want us to deal with those fears?
The Way Out Faith
13 We all experience times of testing, which is normal for every human being. But God will be faithful to you. He will screen and filter the severity, nature, and timing of every test or trial you face so that you can bear it. And each test is an opportunity to trust him more, for along with every trial God has provided for you a way of escape that will bring you out of it victoriously. 1 Corinthians 10:13 TPT
14My cherished friends, keep on running far away from idolatry. 15I know I am writing to thoughtful people, so carefully consider what I say. 16For when we pray for the blessing of the communion cup, isn’t this our co-participation with the blood of Jesus? And the bread that we distribute, isn’t this the bread of our co-participation with the body of Christ? 17For although we’re many, we become one loaf of bread and one body as we feast together on one loaf. 1 Corinthians 10:14-17 TPT
Pursue a higher purpose
31Whether you eat or drink, live your life in a way that glorifies and honors God. 32And make sure you’re not offending Jews or Greeks or any part of God’s assembly over your personal preferences. 33 Follow my example, for I try to please everyone in all things, rather than putting my liberty first. I sincerely attempt to do anything I can so that others may be saved. 1 Corinthians 10:31-33 TPT
“I believe that the attacks on your life have much more to do with who you might be in the future than who you have been in the past.” – Lisa Bevere
Current running Spirit Cafés (Bible Studies):
— From Sept. thru May, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 6:30p. Meet at Greg Truesdell’s in Lebanon. For more info. on the Men’s Ministry Spirit Café, contact Brent Jividen.
— Believers meet on various times of the month 6:00p-8:00p. For more info. on this Spirit Café, contact Dannie Glidden.
— WayneLeb meets various times of the month in Lebanon, originally started in Waynesville. 6:30p-8:30p. For more info. on this Spirit Café, contact Christine Bensman.
— Tammy Jennings hosts a Women’s Spirit Cafe twice a month on Monday evenings, 7pm at her home. Contact Tammy for more information.