Chapter 20 – Facing The Opposition

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Write the Key Verse from memory.
  • Identify the source behind all challenges to spiritual power and authority.
  • Identify reasons why spiritual authority is challenged.
  • List guidelines for facing the opposition.

INTRODUCTION

The power and authority of Jesus was challenged often during His earthly ministry. After Jesus was baptized in water and the power of the Holy Ghost came upon Him, His power was challenged by Satan in a series of three temptations (Matthew 4:1-11).

Satan tempted Jesus to use His power for personal benefit by turning stones into bread. He tempted Jesus to show His power by jumping from the highest point of the temple. Satan offered all the kingdoms of the world if only Jesus would worship him.

The authority of Jesus was also challenged by the religious leaders of the day. They challenged His doctrine, manner of presentation, and the demonstration of God’s power in His life and ministry.

Read over the chapter study material and complete the self-test at the end. After this chapter is completed, mark complete and go to the next lesson.