January 21, 2018: Mark 5:1-20 (Rich Merkouris)

Mark 5:1-20 Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon

5 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes.[a] 2 And when Jesus[b] had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. 3 He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, 4 for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. 6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. 7 And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” 8 For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” 13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the sea.

14 The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed[c] man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 16 And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. 17 And they began to beg Jesus[d] to depart from their region. 18 As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 19 And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.

  • 1:15 Serving is an incredibly powerful part of King of Glory 
  • 3:09 Giving Is also an integral part of King of Glory
  • 4:40 King of Glory has stayed the same size. This is a King of Glory issue. 
  • 8:35 Would anyone in Sioux Falls miss us if we disappeared? Would anyone not have heard about Jesus if we disappear?
  • 11:00 So what do we do?
  • 11:22 We need to create a new mindset. If we are going to make an impact, we need to go about doing things the Jesus way.
  • 14:45 What does it mean to do things the Jesus way?
  • 21:50 The way of Jesus is to notice the one who is in our path.
  • 23:19 Jesus goes to the place where the one is.
  • 17:10 There are 110,000 people who are not in church this morning.
    • God is not holding you accountable for the millions, he's wanting to know what you are going to do with the one in your path.
  • 28:54 We need to pray for the opportunity for God to put the one in our path. Ask them
    • How can I pray for you this week?
    • What are you celebrating this week?
  • 32:14 Identify the need. 
  • 37:14 Followup with the individual.
  • 42:13 Let's not miss the one in our path.