Big Apple Chapel is a New Testament based church in New York City, modeled after the pattern of the early church, with a strong emphasis on following Christ as a community of His disciples.

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    New York, NY
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BAC Sermons

Defense Against Dark Arts Pt I


I. Who is Satan,  what does he do,  and why?

A. Creation – Why did God create Satan knowing what he would do? Downfall – Why did Satan sin? Why did a third of the angels follow him?

Ezekiel 28:13  You were in Eden, the garden of God…14  "You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. 15  You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. 16  "By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones. 17  "Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, That they might gaze at you.

Note the 5  “I will” Isaiah 14:12-15 12  "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! 13  For you have said in your heart: `I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; 14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.'

B. Current Work Experience 

C. Motives and future plans


II. How does he do His dirty work? What are his schemes?

A. Doubt & Deception What are unbelievers deceived about? What are believers deceived about?

In what areas/desires did Satan tempt Adam & Eve, Christ, and believers

B. Disunity & Disharmony Is Satan’s interest more individual or corporate

C. Discouragement & Despair


III. How do we defend ourselves against the Dark Arts?

A. Personal  Does the Devil make you do it? Can Satan attack, influence, or possess believers?

How does Sanctification (see TOYL: Ain’t gonna reign no more – Dead/Alive) differ from Overcoming Temptation?

B. Corporate What is spiritual warfare?


Scripture distorting Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, `You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?"

Scripture denial Genesis 3:4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die.

Gens 3:13 LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

1 Chronicles 21:1 Now Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.

Job 2:3 LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause." 7 Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the…

Zech 3:1 he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.

Mt 4:10  Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, `You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.'"

Mt 13:39  "The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.

Mt 16:23 said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."

Mt 25:41…say to those on the left hand, `Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:

Mk 3:26  "And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end.

Mk 4:15…where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts

Lk 4:5  the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, "All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.

Lk 4:13  Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.

Parallel Spiritual/Physical Lk 8:29  For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness

Results of deliverance Lk 8:35..demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind.

Lk 10:18  And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

Lk 13:16 this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond

Lk 22:3  Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve.

Lk 22:31  And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.

Jn 6:70  Jesus answered them, "Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?"

Jn 8:44  "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

Jn 13:2  And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray Him,

Jn 13:27  Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, "What you do, do quickly."

Believers influenced/controlled Acts 5:3  But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit…

Ac 13:10 full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?

Acts 26:18  `to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may… Why should they be concerned about Satan? Rom 16:20  And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly

How does this work? 1Cor 5:5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day…

1Cor 7:5  Do not deprive one another…come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

1Cor 10:20  Gentiles…sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.

Are we ignorant? 2Cor 2:11  lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices/schemes/methodia.

2Cor 3:14 But their minds were blinded…veil remains unlifted in the reading of the OT, because the veil is taken away in Christ.

2Cor 4:4  whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

2Cor 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5  casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

2Cor 11:3  I fear, lest, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Halloween Costume 2Cor 11:14  And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.

2Cor 12:7..the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.

Eph 2:2  in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3  among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were  children of wrath…

How would they give him a foothold? Eph 4:27  nor give place to the devil.

Armor Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (CONTEXT)

1 Thess 2:18  Therefore we wanted to come to you----even I, Paul, time and again----but Satan hindered us.

Influence 2 Thess 2:9  The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,

UPS or FedEx? 1Tim 1:20 of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

Pride pitfall; why outsiders? 1 Tim 3:6  not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

1Tim 4:1 Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons

1Tim 5:15  For some have already turned aside after Satan.

1Tim 2:26  and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

James 4:7  Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.(Also 2:19)

How resist? 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9  Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

1Jn 2:16 all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life----is not of the Father but is of the world.

1Jn 2:11 he who hates his brother is in darkness, walks in darkness, does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes, 3:8  He who sins is of the devil, for devil has sinned from the beginning…Son of God manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.

1Jn 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Rev 2:10  the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation…Be faithful until

Rev 2:13 I know your works, where you dwell, where Satan's throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My name

Rev 3:9 Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie;  I will make them come and…

Rev 12:9 great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to…

Rev 12:12 Woe to inhabitants… For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time."

Rev 16:14  For they are spirits of demons, performing signs,

Rev 20:2  He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;

Rev 20:10  The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are.



Dt 11:16  "Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them,

Jer 29:8  Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed.

Obadiah 1:3  The pride of your heart has deceived you…You who say in your heart, `Who will bring me down to the ground?'

Mt 24:5  "many will come in My name, saying, `I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. 11 "many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.

Mt 24:24  "For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

Lk 21:8 Take heed that you not be deceived…saying, `I am He,' and, `The time has drawn near.' Therefore do not go after them.

Rm16:18 do not serve our Lord Jesus, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple

1Cor 3:18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.

1Cor 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived…

1Cor 15:33  Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits."

Gal 6:7  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

Eph 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

Col 2:4 Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words.

2 Thess 2:3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come…

1Tim 2:14  Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.

2Tim 3:13  But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Tit 3:3 once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another

James 1:16  Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.

1 Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1 Jn 2:26  These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you.

1 Jn 3:7  Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8  He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.