Main Idea: Locking people out separates you from one of your greatest strengths.
Introduction: This week Pastor Zac preached about the deadly doors of anxiety and depression. We’ve all seen the statistics about the vast increase in mental health issues throughout the pandemic. Let’s look at some scripture about someone who experienced depression.
Discussion Starter: When you are facing a difficult problem, do you prefer to be alone or to have people around you?
Primary Scriptures: 1 Kings 19, James 5:13-16
- Read 1 Kings 19:1-4. Flip back a page and look at what took place just before Elijah ran away (1 Kings 18:20-39). Pastor Zac quoted Charles Swindoll: “Our most vulnerable moments usually come after our greatest victories.” Have you found this to be true in your life? Why do you think Elijah fell into such despair that he prayed to die?
- Read 1 Kings 19:5-8. How did God prepare Elijah for his journey? How has God sustained you during dark times in your life?
- Read 1 Kings 19:9-18. Look at verses 10, 14, and 18. What lie is Elijah believing? What lies do we tell ourselves that lead to discontent, anxiety, loneliness, and depression? Have you ever told yourself any of the following things?
I’m alone in this battle. (see James 5:13-16)
I’m not good enough. (see Ephesians 2:10)
This sin is too big for God to forgive. (see 1 John 1:9)
No one understands me or my problems. (see Romans 3:23, Hebrews 4:15-16)
I don’t know if God’s plan will work out well for me. (see Romans 8:28)
- Think of a lie that you have found yourself believing, and find a verse in scripture that counters the lie with truth. Memorize that verse this week.
Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.
Read James 5:13-16. Pray for one another. Weep with those who weep, and rejoice with those who rejoice (Romans 12:15).
If you are battling depression or anxiety, you are not alone. Please seek help. The church offers free counseling.