Happy Monday!  Jesus and his disciples cross the lake and come into the country of Gerasenes.  There he is met by a possessed man who, though had broken every chain used to bind him, had been living in captivity for many years.

CONNECT
_ What is one thing you are thankful for and struggling with? 
_ Who has Jesus placed in your life to love and help discover his way (gospel)?

PRAY
Take some time to pray for those you are walking with to grow or discover Jesus, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read. 

DISCOVER
They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. 2 And when Jesus 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 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 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.


+ WHAT do we learn from this passage? (Use these questions to help make other observations) 
_ Who does Jesus encounter in vs. 2-5?  
_ What happens in vs. 6 and why do we find it happens in vs. 8? 
_ Why do you think Jesus asked him his name in vs. 9?
_ Where does Jesus cast the unclean spirit to in vs. 11-13? 
_ What is the effect Jesus has on the man in vs. 15?
_ Why does Jesus tell the man not to follow him in vs. 18-20?

_ What gospel truth/good-news about Jesus do we discover in this account?  

+ HOW does account convict you of an area of sin to confess and compelled by grace, how will you take action today?  (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, use these questions to help) 

+ WHO in your life might you share what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)


THESE DAILY POSTINGS ARE DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO ABIDE IN JESUS AND FOR GROUPS AS A GUIDE WHEN THEY MEET