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Taking Authority Study Guide

Study Guide


Required listening includes the entire Taking Authority sermons by Martyn Lloyd-Jones in the Taking Authority Sermon Series

Start your study by trying to answer the questions in the Study Guide below. Then you can download the Teacher's Guide which has all the answers. Register to get your instructor's email and help. 



Required reading for this teaching program includes The Authority of the Believer by J. A. MacMillan. You can download it from our Books section. Recommended reading includes Roaring Lion by Robert Peterson, available on

"The rapidly approaching end of the age is witnessing a tremendous increase in the activity of the powers of darkness. Unrest among the nations, more intense than at any previous time in earth's history, is due largely to the stirring up of the ambitions and passions of men...Believers, whether as intercessors, or as workers at home, or missionaries on the foreign fields, may in union with the great Head of the Body, exercise an authority to which the powers of the air must give place wherever challenged" -  J.A. MacMillan

The Taking Authority teaching program is for the Christian who is growing in maturity in Christ Jesus. It is not recommended for new believers. Taking Authority is an absolute necessity for anyone embarking in missions, pastoral, and leadership duties whether it be in small groups or church office. As we will see, the ability to hold the “rod of Moses” and command Jehovah God is dependent on our right standing with the Lord, knowledge of the Word and depth of faith. However, it is the birthright and intended privilege for every born again Christian to wield the rod.

In the Beginning


  • Why did God create man?

  • Was God’s purpose in creating man achieved?

  • Why did the Lord Jesus come to earth?

  • Was Christ’s purpose in coming to earth achieved?

  • Who is the spiritual enemy of man and what is his purpose?

  • What are the Lord’s promises for his people against the enemy?


  • SCRIPTURES: Genesis 1:26; Psalm 8:5; Matthew 28:18, 1:21; Romans 8:29, 8:16-17, 5:6-10, 8:34, 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:24; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 8:34, 7:25, 9:24; 2 Corinthians 5:5, 4:4; Ephesians 1:4; Isaiah 14:13-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; 1 John 5:19; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:7-12; John 8:44; Psalm 89:21-26

The Will of God for the Redeemed

  • What is the lifestyle the redeemed are to live? Why?

  • What are all redeemed, born again men and women, called to do by Christ?


  • SCRIPTURES: Leviticus 19:2; Matthew 5:48; 1 Peter 1:16-17, 2:9, 11-13, 21-23; 2 Corinthians 7:1; John 12:26; Colossians 3:5-24


The Ministry of Christ


  • What does it mean to follow Christ?

  • Describe the earthly ministry of the Lord

  • What is the ministry all Christians are called to perform?


  • SCRIPTURES: Luke 9:23, 14:26-27, 4:18-21; Acts14:5; Matthew 11:15; Ephesians 5:1; Isaiah 58:5-10

The Authority of the Believer


  • How does a Christian fulfill his calling described in Isaiah 58:5-10?

  • What authority is given to the Christian?

  • What power is given to the Christian?

  • What is the Christian’s posture against the Devil?

  • Is Authority a prayer?

  • Is Authority something only a few Christians can realize and experience?

  • According to the Scriptures what is necessary for a Christian to wield the power of God as in the “rod of Moses?”

  • What conditions must be met by the Christian to take authority?

  • How does a Christian command the lord?

  • What are the signs of the works of Satan

  • Describe the elements of the Full Armor of God

  • Who previously held the power of death (Hebrews 2:14) who holds it now and what does this mean?


  • SCRIPTURES: John 15:7, 14:12-13, 16:23, 15:16; Ephesians 1:23, 2:10, 6:16, 2:6, 1:3, 6:11-13; Romans 8:17; Revelation 1:6, 5:10, 12:11; Exodus 19:6, 14:15-16;1 Peter 2:5; Matthew 21:21-22, 28:19; Acts 8:4-8, 1:8, 16:18; Luke 10:17; Mark 16:15, 11:14, 9:25; Romans 16:20; James 4:7; Psalm 44:3; Philippians 3:10; Zechariah 3:2; Jude 1:9; 1 Corinthians 14:33; Hebrew 2:14; 2 Timothy 1:10


Potholes on the path


  • What are the five things that if a Christian commits them, will forfeit his divine protection and make him vulnerable to the attacks of the Devil?

  • What are some of the “wiles” of the Devil that he uses to deceive seekers of God and lead them into perdition?’

  • What makes a Christian powerless to rebuke the Devil and demons?

  • What are the reasons why a Christian missionary may experience defeat against the Devil?

  • What conditions must be met for the Christian to have victory over the Devil?


  • SCRIPTURES: 1 Corinthians 10:12, 6:17; Ephesians 4:26, 6:10-17, 2:6; Psalm 1:1; 2 Corinthians 6:17; Ezekiel 14:7-8; 1 John 5:21, 2:22, 4:4; Acts 14:11; Leviticus 19:26, 31; Deuteronomy 18:10; 2 John 1:7; Luke 4:7; James 1:6-8, 4:7; Mark 9:29; Colossians 1:27


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