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MatT 8:28-34

28 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes,[a] two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”

30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”

32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.

bitesize study

  1. What signs of evil do we see in the world around us? How does that impact us day by day?
  2. In the passage, Jesus meets great evil. When the demons speak, what do we learn about Jesus’ identity and his mission?
  3. What does this passage show us about Jesus’ authority over evil? How can that bring us – and those around us – confidence as we continue living in a world marred by evil? What practical difference could this make?

This week’s podcast is Ep 4: Engaging in battle

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Santhosh Thomas

Santhosh Thomas

Santhosh is one of our pastors, with special responsibility for overseeing our small groups and various teaching and discipleship programmes. Born and raised in London, he has previously worked in churches in Oxford and Central London. He’s married to Jess and along with their two young children they enjoy sport, swings and meeting new people!

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