Rise Above – Part 2 – “Sadness”
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, April 26, 2020
How can we process sadness? How do we handle it? How do we rise above it?
Life Group Study Guide – From April 26, 2020
Rise above: Worry
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1. Was there something in this week’s teaching that particularly struck you or got you thinking?
2. How has the Covid-19 virus affected people’s level of happiness and sadness?
3. While the reasons for sadness can be hard to pinpoint at times, it can often be traced back to:
- Stress – mental or emotional pressure or tension (uncertainty, difficulty, hostility, boredom, aimlessness)
- Disappointment – hopes, dreams, or expectations that fail to happen or measure up
- Loss – no longer having what you valued or enjoyed (freedom, health, resources, etc.)
Which of these do you find most influential for you?
4. In Sunday’s teaching, Greg highlighted three ways to rise above sadness and find greater happiness and peace:
- Recharge – find ways to refresh your spirit and fill your tank. What do you do to fill your emotional tank? Read Isaiah 40:28-31. What does this passage say to you about how to stay strong and fresh? How do you / could you practice waiting upon the Lord?
- Reassess – look at your expectations and hopes to see how they align with reality and with the will of God. Read James 4:13-16 and 1 Timothy 6:6-10. Here, we find a warning about expecting more than we should, and an invitation to enjoy more simple and spiritual pursuits. What would we be like if we honestly believed that ‘true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth’?
How can we grow deeper in our experience of this?
- Refocus – do the things that lead to happiness. Read Philippians 4:8-13. Here, the apostle Paul tells us to focus on three things (1. fix your thoughts on what is true, etc., 2. Practice all you learned and received, 3. Learn the secret of living in every situation) and that when we do so, we will experience three things (1. the presence of the God of peace, 2. contentment with whatever we have, 3. confidence to face everything through Christ).
Which of the three practices do you find most helpful? Which do you find the most difficult to practice?
5. How can we help others find the peace and contentment Christ provides?
Which do you need most right now? Recharging your emotional batteries? Reassessing your expectations? Refocusing on the spiritual habits that lead to happiness?
What is God saying to you from His Word? What are you going to do about it?