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Sermon 07-13-14: “Disney Summer Drive-In, Part 2: The Lion King”

July 17, 2014

Disney Summer Drive-In Image

Using video clips from Disney’s “Lion King,” this sermon tackles subjects including spiritual warfare, answering God’s call, and being conformed to image of Christ.

Sermon Text: Ephesians 6:10-13

The following is my original sermon manuscript with footnotes.

[Show Clip #1. Mufasa confronts his brother, Scar, about his absence from Sima’s presentation ceremony. Scar warns him not to “turn his back” on him. Scar tempts Simba to go to the elephant graveyard.]


It’s easy to see, I hope, that Scar is a lot like Satan.

In today’s scripture, Paul writes about Satan and his evil spiritual forces: “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

Now why does Paul say we “do not wrestle against flesh and blood”? Because if you read the Book of Acts and read Paul’s letters, you’ll see that he wrestles constantly against “flesh and blood”: he wrestles against civic and religious authorities who have him arrested and beaten repeatedly, stoned one time and left for dead; he wrestles against others—even people in the church—who slander him and try to ruin his ministry; he wrestles against the Roman Empire, and ultimately Caesar himself will order his execution because of his faithfulness to Christ. My point is, these are flesh-and-blood people who seem to cause Paul all this trouble, yet he says that his struggle and our struggle isn’t against people at all—it’s really against the evil spiritual forces of Satan and his fellow demons. Read the rest of this entry »