Rise Above – Part 3 – “Loneliness”
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, May 3, 2020
We do not have to be lonely. We can choose to change our circumstance and be better off for it.
Life Group Study Guide – From May 3, 2020
Rise above: Loneliness
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1. Was there something in this week’s teaching that particularly struck you or got you thinking?
2. It is often said, even before the Covid shutdown, that loneliness is a huge problem. Do you agree? Why?
3. It can be helpful to clarify what we do and do not mean by loneliness. For the sake of this conversation let’s say:
- It is not solitude – being alone by choice either to recharge personally or to spend time alone with God [see Luke 5:16; Mark 6:30-32, Matthew 6:6]
- It is not isolation – being separated from those you know care about you and want to be with you [see John 16:32-33], though isolation can produce feelings of sadness
- Loneliness is – a feeling of social isolation and insignificance. It is the feeling that nobody wants to be close to you, that you are not worth their friendship or affection.
Do these qualifications seem fair? Talk about how you’ve seen or experienced these things.
4. There are practical steps we can take if we struggle with loneliness. They are simple to discuss but often challenging to put into practice:
- Decide – admit that staying lonely is a choice, there is something you can do about it, and that you are going to do what it takes to rise above it [see Ecclesiastes 4:9-12].
- Pray – Talk to God about it, seek to understand and embrace God’s heart for you and your relationships. [see 1 Kings 19:1-18 an example of how God can use even a petulant attempt at prayer for good… the point is, keep praying, even when you don’t feel like it].
- Act – do the things that build relationships, be a friend to others. [see Proverbs 20:6; Luke 10:36-37].
- Persist – invest long term in cultivating relationships through the ups and downs that relationships bring [see Hebrews 10:24-25; Colossians 3:12-14].
Why are some of these steps so difficult to take? What would you say to someone who is hesitant or stuck on one of these steps?
5. How can Life Groups help people rise above loneliness?
Is there a step above that you need help taking? Who will you ask for help in taking it?
What is God saying to you from His Word? What are you going to do about it?