In the story today, Jesus heals a sick man. This sick man needs much more than a pill or a heating pad! Let's look at the new words to help you understand the story.

#B on Student Study Guide


Evil spirits; ministers of the devil

inside (the man)

Show a small rock to the students, then place it inside your hand, inside an envelope, inside a box, inside a jar. Give each student a small piece of food (e.g., one grape, one peanut, one piece of candy, etc.) Ask them to eat this now. Then ask:

Where is the _____?

(It's inside of you!) Then refocus by saying:

This man had evil spirits inside of him.

gone naked

Worn no clothes.

many years

Not one or two years but maybe ten-twenty-thirty years.

chains and leg irons

Draw pictures on board of chain and leg with leg irons.




(Down on your knees to illustrate this one!)


Contrast enter with "leave." As you walk out of the room, say:

I leave the room.

Then come back in saying:

I enter the room.

(You may want to repeat this a couple of times for clarity.) Refocus by saying:

The demons want to enter the pigs.

send us away

Use a pushing motion of the hands as when you want something to go away.


Contrast with "far away" using geographic locations that are well-known by your students.


Relate this word to some action that is punished in the culture of your students.

#C on Student Study Guide

What is unusual about the ailment and remedy in this story?

Show the film clip beginning as the boat approaches the shore following the storm-and ending right after the words of Jesus: ". . . tell what God has done for you."

After eliciting response to the listening focus above, read through the items under "Listening for Details" to make sure students understand what to look for.

#D on Student Study Guide

1. Who is with Jesus as he travels?
2. What is the matter with the man they meet?
3. How long have the demons been living inside the man?
4. What are the two things the man wears?
5. Why do the demons say their name is "Lots"?
6. What two things do the demons beg of Jesus?
7. What does the man want to do?
8. What does Jesus tell him to do?

Show film clip a second time.

Allow students to work together to answer these questions. When finished, debrief the whole class. Then say:

Now let's read the story!

#E on Student Study Guide

1. Jesus and his disciples meet a man with demons inside of him.
2. The man has gone naked for many years.
3. He is wearing only chains and leg irons.
4. Jesus asks: "What is your name?"
5. The man answers: "My name is Lots." (This term is used in the Contemporary English Version of the Scripture.)
6. "Lots" of demons are living inside of this man.
7. The demons beg Jesus: "Do not send us away for punishment!"
8. "Let us enter the pigs nearby."
9. The man begs Jesus: "Let me go with you."
10. Jesus says: "Go back home and tell what God has done for you."
#F on Student Study Guide

Answer Key: 1-if, 2-He, 3-is, 4-are, 5-not, 6-the, 7-Jesus, 8-for

(On separate page following Student Study Guide)

Answer Key: a-5, b-9, c-3, d-7, e-1, f-10, g-8, h-2, i-6, j-4

#G on Student Study Guide

1. Give students a copy of Handout #5 (the conversation between Jesus and the man with the demons). For this gap activity, arrange the pairs of students so that they cannot see each other's paper. This is to be done with hearing and speaking only-not with looking or reading!

2. Guide students in looking closely at this conversation. The demons beg Jesus two times. Help students find the word Obeg" in their story (#E on Student Study Guide)-then circle the two things the demons beg for.

One way to beg is to repeat the same words many times. For example: "Let me go! Let me go! Let me go!" But the polite way is to ask with the word "please": "Please help me." How is it in your country? Are "please" and Othank you' important to say in your culture?

After healing the man, Jesus gives him instructions. Find these instructions and underline them.

All three-begging ("Let me..."), requesting ("Please..."), and instructing ("Go...")-use the imperative verb form (the simple verb). In a small group, think of another example of (1) begging, (2) making a polite request, and (3) instructing. Later you will show the class your examples. The class will try to guess what you are doing-begging, making a polite request, or instructing.

3. Ask for volunteers to tell the story in their own words. Students who are most proficient will get needed practice, while the others can learn from listening. If Students need a little help, you might show small increments of the film clip-then ask the class about what they just saw. Students may enjoy an "add-on" story, i.e., the first volunteer provides the first sentence; a second volunteer adds what comes next; on and on this goes to the end! Everyone benefits! The risk-takers are challenged; the less confident students hear a good model and eventually have courage to try!

1. God has power over evil.

If we give our life to Jesus, "God's Spirit is in (us) and is more powerful than the one (Satan) that is in the world." (I John 4:4, CEV)

2. God's children have God's power in their lives.

"I can do all things because Christ gives me the strength." (Philippians 4:13, NLV)


Tune: "I've Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy" (words adapted)
Verse 1:
I've got the power of Jesus here in my life,
Here in my life, here in my life.
I've got the power of Jesus here in my life,
Here in my life today.

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