The Spiritual World
Although Western culture has become more sceptical about the existence of any kind of spiritual world, there is still a great deal of interest in angels and the supernatural as is shown by the popularity of psychic fairs, ‘angelology’ books and guardian angel charms. Nearly all religions recognize the existence of a spiritual world.
How much does the Bible tell us about the creation and nature of angels? What is truth and what is myth?
This outline started as response to a church youth group who wanted to know about the creation of the spiritual world and the fall of Satan. We then extended it to include New Age issues such as guardian angels so that we could make it more accessible to unchurched youth. Our groups often contain a mixture of both.
The viewpoint portrayed here is that angels and demons are not psychological disorders, cultural forces, the ghosts of dead people or figments of our imagination. They are personal spiritual beings created by God – some in alliance with him, some in rebellion against him. The main focus is on angels.
The existence of evil spirits is explained but their influence is dealt with in the follow-up resource ‘The Dark Side of the Spiritual World’.
Leaders’ notes draft
For teaching outlines see below.
Dabbling in things that are not good for us gives the enemy a ‘foothold’ that he can use to bring us down. Likewise when something hurts us, it’s like an arrow that wounds us. This can also create a foothold which can cause us further pain. We need the Holy Spirit to help us with these.
Activity – Living Battleships Grid for game
Making Spiritual Connections
Spiritual Connections: Yes anyone can make them. But what sort do you want to have? A new look at Elijah and the prophets of Baal.
What type of spiritual connections do we want to develop or avoid in our own lives? This exciting, challenging story shows how anyone can be a channel for God’s power and see great things happen.
Prayer and Prayer Spaces
This is general advice on prayer spaces; how to plan them and possible resources that can be used.
More advice from the 24/7 people themselves: Prayer+Room+Resource
Selection of ideas for prayer stations on an Easter theme. Ready for printing.
To follow – further guidelines with props for using the above.
Requires additional visual aids. Please also see resources on Easter in ‘Beliefs/Jesus’
This is what our 2015 one looked like:
Holy Week Prayer Space PDF photos
Prayer cards for other nations
In our Holy Week prayer space Easter 2015, we had a prayer station for areas where it is difficult to be a Christian. Catharine made up prayer cards based on information from the Open Doors web site. There are 4 to a sheet. We laminated them and cut them into separate cards.
Here are the same cards in Word to make them easier to translate for my EurECA friends. If you have any trouble with downloads please mail me.
For an excellent course on prayer please see
Joshua and the Spiritual Battle of Jericho