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Encounters with God. Encountering The Powerful Savior Mark 5:1-20. SundayTeacher.com Lesson Password: Experience Illustrated Bible Life Password: Complex. http://globalmission.nazarene.org/. Sandra Great Britain David Mexico Saurabh Bangladesh, Angola, Namibia

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encounters with god

Encounters with God

  • Encountering The Powerful Savior
  • Mark 5:1-20

Lesson Password: Experience

Illustrated Bible Life Password: Complex



Sandra Great Britain

David Mexico

Saurabh Bangladesh, Angola, Namibia

Ruth India, Israel, Australia, New Zealand

Keith & Ruth Switzerland

Sarah Swaziland

Wayne Africa

Dutch Nazarenes affected by Malaysian plane crash

When the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a missile over Ukraine on 17 July, more than 200 of the 293 passengers who died were from the Netherlands. Several of the victims were family members or friends and colleagues of Nazarenes in the Netherlands.At the Amersfoort Church of the Nazarene, Rienk and Priscilla Hollander lost Priscilla’s brother and his wife, Rob van Keulen, Caroline van Keulen-van Doorn, and their two children, Alard, 16, and Jeroen, 15.


Praying for the US & Canada

A Call to Prayer for Nazarene Publishing House

We are now at a critical juncture in the survival of NPH, and unless major changes are made, the sobering reality is that NPH could cease operating as we have known it. Therefore, the Board of General Superintendents is calling the Church of the Nazarene to prayer, seeking divine intervention and guidance for the future of NPH. 

Alexanders: CA, OK, GA, QC

Vanderpool: NM (SE ABQ)

Jellisons: UT, TX, AK

Shultzs: CA, DC, MA, BC

Moores: AZ, NM, DC, CA, YT, QC

Abby Nielson: MA, OH, VT, QC

Aliece Nielson: NM, VT, PEI

L. Kilgore: VA, MI

T. & P. Brown: IL, HW, PA, DC

Nielsons: OH, PEI, VT, MA, RI

Griffins: VT, OH, (Northeast)

C. Yazzie: NM, AZ, & Navajo Nation

Adams: NM, CA, MA

B. Brown: GA, OR, ON

B. Vito: NY,ID


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Mark 5(NIV)

They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. 3 This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

powerless people
Powerless People

Do you ever feel powerless?

Look at the stories around this scripture lesson. What examples do you find of powerlessness?

Why do we experience a lack of power?

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Mark 5 (NIV)

6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 7 He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” 8 For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”

9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

powerless evil
Powerless Evil
  • How much of a struggle was there between Jesus and the demoniac?
  • Does the encounter surprise you?
  • What encouragement do you get from this encounter?
  • How does John 7:37-39 apply?
    • What is the power


    • What were Jesus’

final instructions to

his disciples in Acts 1?

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Mark 5 (NIV)

11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.

14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 

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Mark 5 (NIV)

16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.

18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis[b] how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.


powerful savior
Powerful Savior

What signs of Jesus’ power and authority do you see in these passages?

Why did Jesus send the demons into the swine?

Why do you think the people of the region responded in fear rather than thanksgiving?

Encounters with God

June – August 2014

Encountering the God Who Sees

Genesis 16:1-16