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Book Review: Spiritual Warfare by Brian Brodersen

Recently while traveling to a church planting conference I had an opportunity to reread Pastor Brian’s book on spiritual warfare. I was once again blessed. I was also reminded of the need for spiritual empowerment in every phase of ministry, but perhaps especially important for church planters to be mindful of.

The issues related to spiritual empowerment – prayer and spiritual warfare, are so critical to church planters. Yet, these matters are often neglected as church planters are so overwhelmed by the constant pressures associated with starting a new work. It is so very important to understand the issues. Also, we must develop a strategy of prayer support and a plan to be victorious in the spiritual battle that we are engaged in.

…we must develop a strategy of prayer support and a plan to be victorious in the spiritual battle that we are engaged in.

Brian provides a biblical explanation of the reality and nature of: the spiritual battle, Satan’s influence in this age, the schemes of the devil, temptation, the armor of God, and engaging in the spiritual battle. Paul, in his writings to the Corinthians, said that he was not ignorant of Satan’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). Neither can we be ignorant of Satan’s devices. It is Brian’s intention in this book not only to reveal our enemy’s character and devices, but also to guide you in the appropriation of the victory that God has given us over him.

It is Brian’s intention in this book not only to reveal our enemy’s character and devices, but also to guide you in the appropriation of the victory that God has given us over him. 

You will consider Satan’s kingdom as well as his activity in the world and his assault upon God’s people. You will be reminded that although he is crafty, intelligent, and well armed, he is powerless against a Christian who is fortified with the whole armor of God and spiritually fit through prayer. Understanding these truths is useless unless we apply what we’ve learned to our daily walk of faith. Brian will encourage you that the spiritual principles from God’s Word can only be acted upon through the power of the Holy Spirit. He encourages you to ask God to fill you with His Spirit and to lead you on to victory. You can be sure God will. Brian concludes, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” [Ephesians 6:10].

…although [Satan] is crafty, intelligent, and well armed, he is powerless against a Christian who is fortified with the whole armor of God and spiritually fit through prayer.

I was blessed by Brian’s book, as I am by his teaching in general, but especially the teaching on spiritual warfare. Brian has taught and written extensively on the subjects of the work of the Holy Spirit and spiritual warfare. He shares not only a rich, well-reasoned treasure trove of theology on the subject of spiritual warfare, but inspiring illustrations of these truths in the lives of some of the great influencers in the church. He also gives us a peek into some of his own experiences with these issues. As usual, his style is easy to relate to, practical and easy to understand.

Thanks to Pastor Brian’s generosity, the book is free to CCPN [download in tools]

Strange Fire – Friendly Fire | An Interview With Pastor Brian Brodersen

Pastor John MacArthur recently held a conference in California called Strange Fire, where he addressed the gifts of the Holy Spirit and his opinion on their use in churches today. He also had some remarks to say about Calvary Chapel and our emergence during the Jesus Movement of the 60s and 70s. This 22-minute interview is a response by Pastor Brian Brodersen (Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa) about John MacArthur’s comments…