Jesus frees a demon-possessed man
26 Jesus and his disciples sailed to the Gerasenes’ land, which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 As soon as Jesus got out of the boat, a certain man met him. The man was from the city and was possessed by demons. For a long time, he had lived among the tombs, naked and homeless. 28 When he saw Jesus, he shrieked and fell down before him. Then he shouted, “ What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me! ” 29 He said this because Jesus had already commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had taken possession of him, so he would be bound with leg irons and chains and placed under guard. But he would break his restraints, and the demon would force him into the wilderness.
30 Jesus asked him, “ What is your name? ”
“ Legion, ” he replied, because many demons had entered him. 31 They pleaded with him not to order them to go back into the abyss.t32 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs. Jesus gave them permission, 33 and the demons left the man and entered the pigs. The herd rushed down the cliff into the lake and drowned.
34 When those who tended the pigs saw what happened, they ran away and told the story in the city and in the countryside. 35 People came to see what had happened. They came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone. He was sitting at Jesus’ feet, fully dressed and completely sane. They were filled with awe. 36 Those people who had actually seen what had happened told them how the demon-possessed man had been delivered. 37 Then everyone gathered from the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave their area because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and returned across the lake. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone begged to come along with Jesus as one of his disciples. Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “ Return home and tell the story of what God has done for you. ” So he went throughout the city proclaiming what Jesus had done for him.
In Synago, Senior high youth find a place among friends who come together to worship and to learn. Each study in the series provides 16 sessions for student-led small groups and includes the necessary information for setting up and maintaining healthy cell groups. Student Journals should be used by all participants. Small-Group Sessions:Out of the Box (Expanding your images of God)You Are the Temple (Respecting your body by mak ing healthy choices) Who You Gonna Call? (Learning to trust God) Silence of God’s Lambs (Finding God in Silence and Solitude) People in Glass Houses (Cultivating a nonjudgmental spirit) The Rock (Building your life on Jesus) Humble Yourself (Finding the balance between positive self-esteem and cockiness) Pie in the Sky? (Exploring the meaning of eternal life) Learning to Live Faith (Finding and claiming your own faith in God) Back to the Future (Setting realistic goals for your life) Say What? (Being open to God’s call on your life) United in Love (Belonging to a church community) Down and Troubled (Tapping God’s power when you feel down) Living the God Life (Following a recipe for a godly life) Grumble, Grumble (Dealing with resentm ent in a healthy way)Signs at the Crossroads (Making wise choices)
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