Mark 5:1–20 Discussion Guide

  • Main Point of the Passage: Jesus cast out a legion of demons then sent the man home to tell his own people about it.
  • Main Point of the Lesson: Jesus’ power over evil changes lives, sometimes in unexpected ways.
  • Main Application of the Lesson: Participants will share ways that Jesus has delivered them from evil.
  • Key Verse: “Jesus did not let him but told him, ‘Go home to your own people, and report to them how much the Lord has done for you and how he has had mercy on you.’” (Mark 5:19, CSB)

Discussion Questions

Smile Question: What is something you can do very quickly?

Share Question: Tell about a time you were surprised that God said no.

Introduce the Passage: Jesus’ power  over evil changes lives, sometimes in unexpected ways. In Mark 5:1–20, Jesus cast out a legion of demons then sent the man home to tell his own people about it.

Study Question: As we read Mark 5:1–20, let’s list the questions or requests people put to Jesus along with Jesus’ response to each.

  • Demon(s) (vv. 1–8)
    • Question/Request: What do you have to do with me? Don’t torment me!
    • Jesus’ response: What is your name?
  • Demon(s) (vv. 9–13)
    • Question/Request: Not to send them out of the region. Send us to the pigs.
    • Jesus’ response: He gave them permission.
  • Townspeople (vv. 14–17)
    • Question/Request: Leave the region.
    • Jesus’ response: Got into the boat.
  • Formerly possessed man (vv. 18–20)
    • Question/Request: That he might remain with Jesus.
    • Jesus’ response: “Go home to your own people, and report to them how much the Lord has done for you and how he has had mercy on you.”

Connect-the-Dots Question: For each of the questions or requests we listed, what effect do you think Jesus’ response would have?

Count-the-Cost Question: If you were the formerly possessed man, what would you have feared about going back to your own people?

Let’s-Do-It Question: Have you ever wanted to serve God in one way, but he called you to serve him in a different way? Tell us about it.

Prayer: Father, thank you for delivering us from the power of darkness. Teach us to be witnesses for you in whatever way you see fit. Amen.

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