LG _Sermon Notes: Depression

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DEPRESSION: WHEN LIFE DEALS YOU A HEAVY BLOW

Pastor Mike Prah

Week of Sunday, June 10, 2018

 

INTRODUCTION:

When we go through a crisis, it can either leave us bitter, fearful, broken, or we can come out stronger and wiser with God’s help.  We have to learn how to deal with loss in our lives.  In this Bible discussion, we will look to God’s Word on how to help a friend who is suffering from depression and how to increase our resistance to depression.

1. OPEN YOUR SESSION WITH PRAYER.

 

2. ICE BREAKER:

Take some time to share what’s going on in your life, testimonies and/or upcoming events. Recognize birthdays and anniversaries.

 

3. BIBLE DISCUSSION: PICK THE POINTS YOU WANT TO DISCUSS.

 

SECTION 1: REVIEWING  & APPYING THE SERMON MESSAGE

(a). What did you hear that encouraged or reassured you?

(b). What Bible verse cited in the message stands out to you the most ? Why?

(c). Who can share the positive results of obeying the message or the painful consequences of disregarding its truth?

 

SECTION 2:  DIGGING DEEPER

“By helping each other with your troubles, you truly obey the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (NCV)

– The Bible says “we help each other with our troubles”. Share a difficult situation in your life that God brought you out of that could share to give hope to someone going through hardships.

I. HOW TO HELP A FRIEND IN CRISIS

 

I. YOU SHOW UP

When Job’s three friends…heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.” Job 2:11 (NIV)

– From Job 2:11, what did Job’s friends do when they heard about his troubles? What kind of help were they hoping to offer Job by their visit?

– Share a time when someone’s ministry of presence during your time of hardship made a positive difference in your life.

 

2. YOU SHARE THEIR PAIN

“When they saw him [Job] from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads. Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.” Job 2:12-13 (NIV)

– From Job 2:12-13, Pastor Mike teaches that the greater the pain, the fewer words are needed. Why do you think people who are suffering need less words and more loving touch?

– Our Church is a fellowship of sharing, studying, serving and suffering. Discuss how you can practically share each other’s pain when a disaster occurs.

 

3. YOU TAKE THE INITIATIVE

“Whenever you possibly can, DO GOOD to those who need it.” Proverbs 3:27 (GN)

– Why do you think it is challenging for those who are depressed to ask for help?

– What are some of the good things we can possibly do for those who are in difficulty?

 

II. WHAT TO DO TO SURVIVE A CATASTROPHE

 

 1. YOU NEED TO CRY OUT TO GOD

“Rise during the night and cry out.  Pray for help all through the night. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to Him in prayer.”  Lamentations 2:19 (NLT+CEV)

– According to the above scripture, what does the prophet Jeremiah teach us to do when we are going through major difficulty?

 

2. YOU LET OTHERS HELP YOU

“A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” Proverbs 17:17 (NLT)

– According to Proverbs 17:17, God causes someone to show up in our life to help in our moment of difficulty. Share a time in your life where you received help from someone un-expectantly.

 

III. HOW TO INCREASE YOUR DEPRESSION RESISTANCE

 

1. YOU NEED TO  CULTIVATE STRONGER RELATIONSHIPS

“Two can accomplish more than twice as much as one…  and if one falls down, the other can pull him up; but if a man falls when he is alone, he’s in trouble!…  One person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer; and having three is even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”  Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (LB)

– From the above scripture, Which of these two persons will be able to handle disaster better? –  Someone who is alone or another who has strong relationships plus God on their side? Why?

– God is the 3rd person in the above scripture. How does it encourage you to know that when you do your part to build a strong relationship, God will come and join you to make your relationships even much stronger?

 

2. YOU NEED TO GROW SPIRITUAL ROOTS

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLT)

– According to Jeremiah 17:7-8 what does God promise to those who trust in Him and make Him their hope and confidence?

– In practical terms, what can they expect from God in their times of trouble (heat or drought)?

 

4. PRAYER POINTS

(a). Pray for each LifeGroup member to respond positively to this message and to follow-through in application.

(b). Ask for prayer requests and pray for the individual needs of your group.

(c). Closing Prayer

 

PLEASE REACH OUT TO ANYONE WHO DID NOT MAKE IT OR IN NEED OF EXTRA LOVE. THANKS FOR COMING!  PLEASE COME BACK NEXT WEEK! GOD BLESS YOU!

 

SERMON OUTLINE

DEPRESSION: WHEN LIFE DEALS YOU A HEAVY BLOW

Pastor Mike Prah

Sunday, June 10, 2018

 

“People can never predict when hard times might come.  Like fish in a net or birds in a snare, people are often caught by sudden tragedy.”    Ecclesiastes 9:12 (NLT)

 

JEREMIAH: “A horrible and shocking thing has happened” Jeremiah 5:30 (NLT)

 

EZEKIEL: “I sat  for seven days, shocked at what had happened to me.”  Ezekiel 3:15 (CEV)

 

ISAIAH: “I’m in terrible pain like a woman giving birth. I’m shocked and hurt so much that I can’t hear or see. My head spins; I’m horrified! Early evening, my favorite time, has become a nightmare.”        Isaiah 21:3-4 (CEV)

 

DAVID  “I am in total darkness, like someone long dead. My heart within me is distressed and I feel numb all over.”   Psalm 143:3-4 (CEV+NKJV)

 

I. HOW TO HELP A FRIEND IN CRISIS

“By helping each other with your troubles, you truly obey the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (NCV)

 

1. YOU SHOW UP

 “When Job’s three friends…heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.” Job 2:11 (NIV)

 

2. YOU SHARE THEIR PAIN

 “When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads. 13 Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.” Job 2:12-13 (NIV)

 

3. YOU TAKE THE INITIATIVE

“Whenever you possibly can, DO GOOD to those who need it.” Proverbs 3:27 (GN)

 

II. WHAT TO DO TO SURVIVE A CATASTROPHE

 

1. YOU NEED TO CRY OUT TO GOD

 

“Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” Psalm 50:15 (NIV)

 

“Rise during the night and cry out.  Pray for help  all through the night. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to him in prayer.”  Lamentations 2:19 (NLT+CEV)

 

2. YOU LET OTHERS HELP YOU

 

“A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” Proverbs 17:17 (NLT)

 

 

III. HOW TO INCREASE YOUR SHOCK RESISTANCE

 

1. YOU NEED TO  CULTIVATE STRONGER RELATIONSHIPS

“Two can accomplish more than twice as much as one…  and if one falls down, the other can pull him up; but if a man falls when he is alone, he’s in trouble!…  One person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer; and having three is even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”  Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (LB)

 

2. YOU NEED TO GROW SPIRITUAL ROOTS

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLT)

 

“Just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust Him, too, for each day’s problems; live in vital union with Him.  Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him.  See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth…”   Colossians 2:6-7 (LB)

 

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