Deep down, we want to live impactful and meaningful lives. But another part of us resists disruption and clings to the status quo. Following Jesus, however, will often challenge the status quo. He won’t lead us to a comfortable life but rather an impactful one where we can join Him in what He is doing in the world.
- Is there a time or place where you find it particularly annoying to be interrupted or disrupted? Share with the group.
- When we watch the news, it’s obvious there is a lot of brokenness in the world. Is there an injustice in our community or world that particularly bothers you or hits your heart in a deep way? What is it and why?
Read Mark 5:1-13.
- What questions does this passage raise for you? Have you ever wondered whether demons actually exist or not?
- Can you identify with the demoniac in any way? Have you ever felt oppressed by something powerful, like guilt, shame, fear, a temptation of some sorts, or something else, and experienced God’s hope, power, and freedom?
Finish the story by reading Mark 5:14-20.
Take time to pray for our new church partnership with “Joseph” in Egypt. Pray for God’s strength, empowerment, and protection in his and his family’s life.