Light Freedom Instead of Dark Freedom

Light Freedom Instead of Dark Freedom (Mark 5: 1-20) preached on 15 March 2015 at 9:30 by Alastair Bolt
Sermon 28 in the series

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Bible Passage

Mark 5:1-20

Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon

5:1 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, 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. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. 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.” For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 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 were 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.

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Sermons in the Series Mark's Gospel

1 Good News
2 Good News in a Time of Conflict
3 Jesus Calls, We Follow
4 The Author Comes To His People
5 Not Just a Walk-on Part
6 Praying, Attracting, Accepting
7 Change Your Shape
8 Do the Right Thing and See What Happens
9 The Beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
10 Repentance
11 The God Who Comes
12 Come, Follow Me
13 Amazing Authority
14 Jesus at Home Saves the World
15 As We Are Sent, People Are Drawn
16 All Joined Up
17 Insiders and Outsiders
18 A Banquet with New Wine
19 Yes, We Can
20 Ordinary Life - Extraordinary God
21 Chosen To Be Companions of Jesus
22 Proclaim the Good News and Cast Out Demons
23 Let Jesus Take You in Hand
24 The Secret Revealed to You
25 Let the Light Shine
26 More. Now. How?
27 Jesus Will Make You Safe and Make You Different
28 Light Freedom Instead of Dark Freedom
29 Jesus Delivers on His Promises
30 Reach out and Touch
31 Making Waves
32 Whose Fault?
33 Personal Space in the Midst of Discipleship
34 Not a Rescue but a Revelation

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