Overcome – Part 5 – Discouragement – Happy Easter
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, April 4th, 2021
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Overcome – Part 5 – Discouragement – Easter Sunday
The message of Easter changes everything, including the hold that discouragement has on our lives. When we focus on our situation and our typical inability to change things, we get even more depressed! When we shift our focus to the resurrection of Jesus and learn to see life through the lens of the resurrection, discouragement fades and is replaced by renewed courage and resolve. The disciples of Jesus were left to pick up the pieces in the face of a dead leader, a discredited mission, and an ominous future, but when they became convinced of the resurrection of Jesus, they became an unstoppable force that literally changed the world! As we wrap up our series on overcoming mental health issues, we will discover how a growing confidence in the resurrection of Jesus will lead us to a growing courage to face anything this life can throw at us.
Do you worry much? What do you get most worried about?
Greg said that “Discouragement grows when we obsess about our circumstances and our lack of ability to do anything about it.” Do you agree? Are there other reasons or ways that discouragement can take hold of us? Can we avoid discouragement by not thinking about our troubles?
Read 1 Corinthians 15:17-19.
Have you ever felt that someone in your life thought you were deluded, foolish, or ignorant to trust in God? Do you ever wonder if they’re right? What kinds of comments or situations make you feel that way? How do you deal with those feelings and doubts?
Read Luke 24:10-11.
Have you ever been slow to believe good news? Why does that happen? How can we keep ourselves open to good news and to seeing positives in a bad situation?
Read John 20:19-21.
The disciples gained courage when they realized that the horrible thing they thought was true – that Jesus was dead – turned out to be false. How do we gain courage when all the bad things are still true, and the circumstances don’t change? What does it mean to “view life through the lens of the resurrection”? What difference does this viewpoint make in real life situations? Consider some realistic examples, like health issues, financial difficulties, racism, a stressful job situation, or the pressure of caring for family.
Read John 20:30-31, 1 Corinthians 15:58.
Have you experienced occasions when you have trusted God completely in spite of the circumstances? Share with your group. What Bible verses help you to trust Him?
What is God saying to you from His Word right now? What are you going to do about it?