Ice Breaker (optional – choose one below)

  • Does anyone want to share a New Year’s Resolution?
  • Did you binge-watch anything over Christmas break? What was it?
  • Who is someone you are glad you’re-connected with over the holidays?

Main Idea

We are all in the midst of a spiritual battle between the forces of good and evil. This week, we address the question, “Is it possible for a Christian to be in bondage because of a demon?”

Discuss

What stood out to you from this weekend’s message?

When discussing spiritual warfare – we can easily fall into one of two camps. One is to give too much credit to demons (superstitious), the other is to discredit them entirely (skeptics). Which way do you tend to lean when you think about spiritual warfare? What do you think the pitfalls are for each?

We learned that Satan is not omnipresent and probably isn’t targeting you personally. How does this truth help you be more honest with yourself about areas of weakness, temptation, or struggle in your life?

What does the Bible say?

Read Mark 5:1-20

We learned three key things to understand about demons.

  1. Demons really exist.
  2. Demons really do enter people.
  3. Jesus really does cast out demons.
  • Are any of the facts above surprising to you? Why or why not?
  • What is the difference between being “owned” verses being “under the power” of someone or something? Why is it so important to understand the difference?
  • How was the man in the story freed from his bondage? What does that mean for us today?

Apply the Message

Spiritual warfare is a battle we can’t avoid but Satan doesn’t have the power to keep us from finding refuge in Jesus.

  • What is an area of your life where you feel helpless or powerless to change? What are you currently looking to for help?

 

  • If Satan doesn’t have the power to keep you from finding refuge in Jesus (Mark 5:6), what might keep us from turning to Him for help?

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