Summary: Mental Health - Philippians chapter 4 verses 1-9 - sermon by Gordon Curley (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – firstname.lastname@example.org
(1). Stand firm in the Lord (vs 1)
(2). Stand Firm in Unity (vs 2)
(3). Stand Firm in Trust (vs 4-7)
(4). Stand Firm in Practice (vs 8-9)
• He was born Erich Weisz on March 24, 1874, in Budapest, Hungary,
• But he moved with his family to America, changed his name to Harry Houdini
• And became one of, if not the greatest grand illusionist;
• Performing daring and spectacular escapes,
• His acts made him one of the most famous magicians of all time.
• Harry Houdini, the famed escape artist issued a challenge wherever he went.
• He could be locked in any jail cell in the country, he claimed,
• And he could set himself free quickly and easily.
• He always he kept his promise, but one time something went wrong.
• Houdini entered the jail in his street clothes;
• The heavy, metal doors clanged shut behind him.
• He took from his belt a concealed piece of metal, strong and flexible.
• He set to work immediately, but something seemed to be unusual about this lock.
• For 30 minutes he worked and got nowhere.
• An hour passed, and still he had not opened the door.
• By now he was bathed in sweat and panting in exasperation,
• But he still could not pick the lock.
• Finally, after laboring for 2 hours,
• Harry Houdini collapsed in frustration and failure against the door he could not unlock.
• But when he fell against the door, it swung open!
• It had never been locked at all!
• But in his mind it was locked;
• And that was all it took to keep him from opening the door,
• And walking out of the jail cell.
• TRANSITION: According to research and statistics,
• As high as one in three people experience the locked door of a mental illness!
• Now don’t miss that stat:
• As high as one in three people experience mental illness.
• Or episode in the course of a year.
• Look at the person sitting at each side of you:
• If it is not one of them, it may be you!!
Every person will have mental health, just like we all have physical health.
• Both mental health and physical health change throughout our lives.
• And, like our bodies, our minds can become unwell.
• Mental health problems might actually be more common than you think.
• And we or someone we know, may well be affected by mental illness in any year.
• The effects are as real as a broken arm,
• Even though there isn’t a sling or plaster cast to show for it.
Question: What is mental health?
• The most common conditions are probably:
• Major Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorders,
• Alcohol and Substance Abuse and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
• Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.
• It affects how we think, feel, and act.
• It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
• Mental health is important at every stage of life,
• From childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems:
• Your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected.
• Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
• i.e. Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
• i.e. Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
• i.e. Family history of mental health problems
• Many factors contribute to mental health problems;
• And it affects far more people that we realise.
• How many of you have read the book ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’?
• Pilgrim's Progress is one of the great works of Christian literature.
• Originally composed in the 17th century,
• But the message is bang up to date for any Christian today.
• The main character in the book is called ‘Christian’,
• He is on a journey, from the city of Destruction to the Celestial City,
• And as he journeys, he comes across various obstacles;
• And these hindrances can’t be avoided.
• One such place they come across is called ‘the slough of Despond’
• Where pilgrims can find themselves sinking in the mire,
• And depending on the size of the burden they have on their back,
• Can find it very difficult to get out.
Now, ‘Christian’ had this problem;
• Until a man named ‘Help’ (who represents the Holy Spirit);
• Comes along and pulled him out.
• ‘Christian’ asks ‘Help’ why has this place not been fixed;
• So that this journey might be easier and more secure for the other pilgrims.
• ‘Help’ responds that this place cannot be mended.