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Session 14

How has Jesus changed your whole life?

Read: Mark 5:1-20

Sometimes life leaves us in anguish — head down, beaten, and without hope. Dreams of becoming something or someone great seem so distant. You wanted to accomplish so much and had every intention of making a difference, but instead, you were left broken and trapped in a seemingly endless cycle of chaos.

In desperation, we cling to worldly things that give us hope of a new beginning. New jobs, cities, houses, cars, relationships — they all fill the void briefly then fail to sustain our desire to break from our past.

In Mark 5, we meet a man scorned by the people around him, doomed to live the rest of his days in bitter seclusion. But when he met Jesus, all of that changed. How did the once wrecked man respond to Jesus' offer of a new beginning? "He went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed" (‭Mark‬ ‭5‬:‭20‬).

When we meet Jesus, He changes our present as well as our future. He fills us with love for Him and for the church. Like the demon-possessed man, we are moved by a desire to see the same change and restoration for others. So we bring them to the only place and to the only One who can completely restore our fragile potential. We bring them to Jesus. 

Reflect:

  • How has your life changed since you started following Jesus?
  • Who was most influential in your decision to follow Jesus? Maybe it was the person who invited you to church for the first time or challenged you to consider Christianity. How did God use that relationship to change your direction?
  • Who do you know who needs a relationship with Jesus? How can you get them to a place where they can hear about Jesus?

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How to experience true change

How to experience true change

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2

Why baptism matters for you

Why baptism matters for you

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3

Do you want to be closer to Jesus?

Do you want to be closer to Jesus?

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4

Do you see Jesus as a healer?

Do you see Jesus as a healer?

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5

Why does time with Jesus matter?

Why does time with Jesus matter?

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6

What does faith look like?

What does faith look like?

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7

You don’t have to clean up first

You don’t have to clean up first

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8

What is the Sabbath and why does it matter?

What is the Sabbath and why does it matter?

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9

How to do life with others like Jesus did

How to do life with others like Jesus did

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10

Is your top commitment to Jesus?

Is your top commitment to Jesus?

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11

Are you growing good soil?

Are you growing good soil?

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12

Your story is powerful and important

Your story is powerful and important

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13

How to combat fear with faith

How to combat fear with faith

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14

How has Jesus changed your whole life?

How has Jesus changed your whole life?

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15

Why your faith is important

Why your faith is important

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16

How to believe even when it’s hard to see

How to believe even when it’s hard to see

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17

What to do when you face an impossible task

What to do when you face an impossible task

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18

Don’t let distraction stop you from seeing the miracle

Don’t let distraction stop you from seeing the miracle

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19

Life with Jesus is more than a list of rules

Life with Jesus is more than a list of rules

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20

Are your beliefs based on experience?

Are your beliefs based on experience?

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21

When it’s time to stop asking for a sign

When it’s time to stop asking for a sign

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22

Sometimes, saying no is the best yes

Sometimes, saying no is the best yes

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23

What happens when you go to God in prayer

What happens when you go to God in prayer

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24

You are a vital part of the church family

You are a vital part of the church family

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25

What Jesus said you should do with sin

What Jesus said you should do with sin

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26

Who do you lean on the most?

Who do you lean on the most?

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27

How to know what you really value

How to know what you really value

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28

Tired of not getting your way?

Tired of not getting your way?

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29

You have a brand, but do you know what it is?

You have a brand, but do you know what it is?

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30

The greatest of all the commandments is love

The greatest of all the commandments is love

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31

It’s OK to want to be blessed

It’s OK to want to be blessed

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32

How to survive the end of the world

How to survive the end of the world

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33

You’re one of the bad guys

You’re one of the bad guys

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34

Why communion is a powerful symbol of our faith

Why communion is a powerful symbol of our faith

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35

When you are weak, Jesus makes you strong

When you are weak, Jesus makes you strong

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36

Are you scared of sharing your faith?

Are you scared of sharing your faith?

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37

Does fear drive you to deny Jesus?

Does fear drive you to deny Jesus?

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38

You don’t have to make everyone happy

You don’t have to make everyone happy

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39

You are not alone in your suffering

You are not alone in your suffering

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40

Some things are too important to worry about fitting in

Some things are too important to worry about fitting in

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41

What the resurrection did for you

What the resurrection did for you

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