Do you have life planned out? Maybe you did at one time. Sometimes we face difficult seasons of life. There are things we can’t plan around. Sometimes in the midst of our difficulties we look up and think “how did I get here?” As we close our series of Alamo Stone Summer at the Movies, we look at the movie Forest Gump. In particular, we will look at the plan Lt. Dan had for his life. Like his father, and his father before him, and his father before him, Lt. Dan was destined to die during combat serving his country. As you remember, Lt. Dan didn’t die serving his country. Just when he thought he was going to have his moment of destiny, he was saved by Forest Gump. We’ll look at Lt. Dan during his lowest moment when he pleads “I’m not supposed to be here!”
Good evening Alamo Stone! In case you weren’t here, last week we kicked off a two-part teaching on Spiritual Warfare under our series Alamo Stone @ the Movies. We connected with the movie Wonder Woman, and I chose that one because the movie features a group of highly trained and equipped warriors (the Amazons) who live in isolation, ignoring the fact that a world war is raging beyond the boundaries of their little island paradise. But when war comes to their island, Diana takes on the role of Wonder Woman on a mission to stop the war by finding and defeating Ares, the god of war. From this movie, I want to relate that we as believers have to be careful not to fall into that trap of thinking that it’s okay for us to live in ignorance or isolation from the spiritual war that is going on in the world around us. I also like the fact that Wonder Woman immediately recognized that the true enemy in this war is not the Germans, it is this spiritual enemy who is behind the scenes influencing the mere mortals to destroy each other in war.
We’re going to spend the next two weeks looking at this subject of spiritual warfare. This week we’ll be focused on the war and how it affects us as people. Next week we’ll go into more depth on the enemy, how he operates, and what we should do about it. In our study of spiritual warfare, we’re going to be blazing our way through a ton of scriptures. I’ll have them up here on the slides in the ESV so we can make our way through them quickly. If we move too quickly through them or you have any questions, you can come talk with me afterwards and I can get the scripture references to you.