Set the Prisoner Free (Matthew 8:21-35)

Pastor Steve NewtonPastor Steve Newton, September 17, 2017
Part of the Matthew series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

The most powerful witness we have to the grace of God at work in our own lives is the ability to forgive others.

Westminster Presbyterian Church exists to declare God’s love for all through Jesus Christ, to nurture and encourage spiritual growth, to maintain the integrity of divine worship, and to share the love and joy found in Christ by giving ourselves to our community and to the world.

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About Pastor Steve Newton: Pastor Stephen E. Newton Education B.S. in Biology and Secondary Education, Stephen F. Austin State University (1977) M. Div., Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1983) Service: First Presbyterian Church, Coleman, Texas – Pastor (1983-1986) First Central Presbyterian Church, Abilene Texas – Associate Pastor (1986-1991) First Presbyterian Church, Mt. Pleasant, Texas – Pastor (1991-2003) Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nacogdoches, Texas – Pastor (2003- present)
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Matthew 8:21-34

21 Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 22 And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”

23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

28 And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29 And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 30 Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. 31 And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” 32 And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters. 33 The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region. (ESV)

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