Victory – Part 3
May 7-8, 2022
“For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people according to their deeds.” Matthew 16:27 (p.748)
“Now he (Jesus) is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.” Ephesians 1:21 (p.895)
- Jesus Gives Me Overwhelming Victory.
Memory Verse: “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” Romans 8:37 (p.863)
- Recognize I’m not alone.
“The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, fastened with two chains between two soldiers…Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter…’Quick! Get up!’ And the chains fell off his wrists.”
Acts 12:6-7 (p.841)
“…angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.” Hebrews 1:14 (p.920)
- Release His power through prayer.
“When he realized this, he went to the home of Mary…where many were gathered for prayer…a servant girl named Rhoda came…recognized Peter’s voice…instead of opening the door, she ran back inside and told everyone, ‘Peter is standing at the door!’”
Acts 12:12–14 (p.841)
“Regarding the angels, he says, ‘He sends his angels like the winds, his servants like flames of fire.’” Hebrews 1:7 (p.920)
- Rest in His victory.
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isaiah 26:3 (p.535)
My Next Step This Week: _____ Each morning I will pray: Thank you God for you angels that are ministering to me. I pray that you will put them into action on my behalf today for your glory.
Discussion/Groups Guide Victory, Part 3 “Angels”
Life Groups use this guide for discussion and as a discussion guide with your family and friends. Find out more: www.alivechurch.com/groups.
- What do think of when you hear the phrase “angels and demons”? Perhaps the Tom Hanks film? Or is it the cartoon where you see a demon on one shoulder and an angel on the other?
- Why is it that the polling numbers show that people who claim a religious affiliation is declining, but belief in angels remains very high?
Looking back at your Weekend Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out to you, challenged you, or maybe even confused you?
Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk
Refer to the Talk Notes and Bible verses from the Talk Notes.
This week’s One Thing: Jesus Gives Me Overwhelming Victory.
- Have you experienced any victories this week?
Series Memory Verse: Romans 8:37 (p.863).
Background: Acts 12:6-16 (p.841), an angel breaks Peter out of prison!
See also Matthew 16:27 (p.748); Ephesians 1:21 (p.895).
- Why is it important to remember that angels are inferior to Jesus?
- Here is one definition of angels: Angels are intelligent, moral, and spiritual beings created by God who worship him and carry out his will.
- Recognize I’m not alone. Acts 12:6-11 (p.841); Hebrews 1:14 (p.920)
- Does it seem that Peter, in Acts 12, thought he was alone?
- When have you felt alone, and then you realized that you were not alone? How did that make you feel? What was the circumstance?
- How do you know you are not alone?
- Why is it important to remember the truth of Hebrews 1:14?
- Release His power through prayer. Acts 12:5, 12-16 (p.841); Hebrews 1:7 (p.920)
- What was the church doing while Peter was in prison?
- Why was it so hard for Peter to recognize the reality of what the angel did for him?
- The church was praying for Peter, but then when he was released they didn’t believe it was him, at first. Have you done that—been slow to recognize God’s answer to your prayer?
- Rest in His victory. Isaiah 26:3 (p.535).
- How is rest associated with victory?
- When do you experience perfect peace?
- How does prayer fit in to all of this?
Many Bible passages include angels, some of them more well-known than others. Look at the following stories and discuss or write down what the role of the angel in the passage was. Who else was involved and what was the outcome of the angel’s intervention? What can you learn and apply in your life from the account?
- Matthew 1:20-24 (p.734)
- Genesis 19:1-22 (p.14-15)
- Exodus 23:20-23 (p.62)
- Daniel 6:19-23 (p.673)
- Luke 24:1-7 (p.807)
- Numbers 22:21-39 (p.125)
My Next Step This Week:
____ Each morning I will pray: Thank you God for your angels that are ministering to me. I pray that you will put them into action on my behalf today for your glory.
This Week’s Life Transformation Bible Reading: “Angels and Demons” (Pages A46-47).