This week’s lesson will test your abilities to stay on task.
Inevitably, teaching this text in a setting where discussion is encouraged will lead to questions about spiritual warfare, demon possession, and any number of other heeby jeeby issues.
We affirm that there is a spiritual realm and that demons are real, active, and strong. However, we must think about these spiritual matters by following a pretty simple guideline.
Give the study of demons as much attention as the Bible gives to them.
When you read the gospels and you see Jesus engage the demonic forces, you don’t see them stick around very much. You don’t read that Jesus plays around with them. You don’t have any indication that Jesus spends much time with them at all.
As you teach the lesson this week, your job is going to be to stay on track in order to get your class to see and understand the main point of the text. Jesus has all authority, including authority over the spiritual realm. This is yet another sign that he is God.
No matter where your conversation goes, and no matter what questions may be asked, your task is to get back the truth that Jesus is God. As God, he has authority over all of creation. He shows this authority in his interaction with these demons. By radically transforming this guy’s life through the casting out of these demons, Jesus shows that he is the all-authoritative God who has deep compassion for his people.
Beneath the video you will see a document that I used when I taught on demons on a Sunday night a few months back. It doesn’t contain everything that I said, but it is my rough teaching outline. You might be able to glean some thoughts about demonology from it.