Part 2 | Restored | Luke 8:26-39
When is a time you have encountered someone or a situation that felt hopeless?
- What stood out to you in the sermon?
- What insights did you gain?
- What questions did it raise?
- If you had been one of the disciples with Jesus, what would have been your first reaction to the demon-possessed man?
- Pay attention to the details of this man’s life in Luke 8:27. How would you describe what this man’s life was like?
- Why do you think Jesus is so calm in the face of this demon-possession?
- If you knew of this man, what would your reaction be when you saw him restored? Why do you think the people are afraid?
- Why do you think this man wanted to come with Jesus?
- Why do you think Jesus told the man to stay and not come with him?
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they
may have life, and have it to the full.
1 Peter 5:8: Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone
Eph 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against
the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the Evil One.
- What stands out to you in these verses?
- How do you understand the spiritual battle in your life?
“It is, of course, a surprise to many people that there is a ‘struggle’ at all. Yes, they think, we find it difficult from time to time to practice our Christianity. We find it hard to forgive people, to pray regularly, to resist temptation, to learn more about the faith. But as far as they’re concerned that’s the end of it. They have never thought that their small struggles might be part of a larger campaign.” (NT Wright)
- What specific areas of your life have you seen this struggle lately?