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Community Group Discussion Questions: Mark 5:1-20 “Delivered”




Read Mark 5:1-20



How have you seen the devastating effects of evil In the world?  

In the lives of those around you? 

In your life?


Have you tried to use external restraints to control evil and sin? How did that work? 


According do the sermon, what is the Biblical way to overcome evil and sin?


More often than not, evil and sin are subtle in nature. Share some examples from your experience how this is true.


Example: When we overeat we are trying to numb feelings in an idolatrous way, which makes food our substitute savior,’ it doesn't seem so evil because it tastes good.  


When you're on the Internet, and there is a beautiful person in front of you, and you’re taking in that beauty, and you’re feeling the buzz, it doesn't seem evil because it's pleasurable. 


When you’ve gossiped about someone, dirtying or destroying their reputation, it doesn't seem so evil, that person is not there in front of you, and you’re feeling the buzz of passing the story to somebody else. At the time is doesn’t seem evil.



In the sermon it was mentioned that while we should fear evil, we should fear Jesus more. How do you understand that statement Biblically? Give some Biblical examples. Use your Bible (or Google if necessary). https://www.openbible.info/topics/fear_of_the_lord



Re-read v. 2-5. Describe this man before Jesus encounters him. What do you think he looked like? What  does he do all day? What do the people in town think about him? 

If God can save him, why are we prone to think of others as “too far gone?”  

And before you object, “I don’t think that way!” Consider, what do our actions toward the lost  prove we believe about their possibility of following Jesus? 


This story is meant to be understood in context, like all of Scripture. It’s no accident that it immediately  follows the story of Jesus calming the storm. Now, Jesus calms an internal storm. While you probably  don’t have a story like this man does, what are some examples of internal storms Jesus has freed you  from?  

(Leader: Consider sharing a story of Jesus freeing you from a harmful thought pattern, or  the struggle to forgive – things that are actually sinful but might be impossible to see externally).  


This story would have been especially difficult for a Jewish person to appreciate. It’s full of unclean  things. It takes place in Gentile territory, with a man so demon possessed he’s chained up in a graveyard  and cutting himself (death, blood, etc.). Essentially, it’s Jesus saving the worst of the worst from the  worst part of town.  


In what ways has God been kind enough to reveal some areas of prejudice in your life? Has he  revealed/changed the way you think about people from certain backgrounds, races, income  levels, or occupations? 


Some have said that Christians shouldn’t be talking about prejudice and believe that when we do  so we might be “adding to the Gospel.” How might you respond to that claim? 


Re-read v. 16-17. Like the disciples, the townspeople witnessed a miracle – but their response didn’t  lead to faith, at least not initially.  

Why do you think that is? 

Have you ever experienced the irony of wanting God to show up in your life but then not liking  how He chose to do so? 


Re-read v. 18-20. How did the newly freed man respond when Jesus gave him a different ministry  assignment than what he originally wanted to do?  

How does that compare to the way we react when God doesn’t say yes to what we initially want?  b. What was the ultimate result of this newly freed man’s faithfulness? )


Let’s spend some time practicing what Jesus told this man to do in v. 19. Very simply, let’s just start  listing one thing after another that tells how much the Lord has done for us and how he had mercy on us.  

Leader Tip: Feel free to introduce this in a time of prayer. People can simply take turns completing sentence prayers, like “God, thank you for _________” as a way to list all that v. 19  compels us to recall. 


Close in prayer – share transparently about how we can pray for one another.

 

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