Summary: This is the second sermon in the series - Dealing with Depression It is followed with a deeper look at depression that is designed for an evening class
Scripture: 1 Kings 19:1-18
Theme: Following Jesus: Caring For One Another - Galatians 6:2
Sermon # 2 - Winning the Battle of Depression
Last week we started our new sermon series called: Caring For God's People, by looking at the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant in Matthew 18:21-35, and examining how Jesus can help us love one another and assist one another in the area of forgiveness. We looked at what forgiveness means, what it involves, and how you and I can better learn the ministry and grace of forgiveness. Forgiveness is the hallmark of the Christian Faith and as forgiven people we are called to forgive others.
This morning, I would like to draw your attention to another area in which we can also help one another as disciples of Jesus. I would like for us to look this morning at what God's Word says about helping one another in the area of Depression, sometimes called melancholy, sadness or gloominess.
One of the true joys of knowing Jesus as our Lord and Savior is to be able to enjoy the Abundant Life. To be able to live a life as a whole new creation. A life that is above the power of sin and is free from the penalty of sin. As Christians we are radically different than those who live in the world and live by the world's principles. Our minds, our hearts and our souls have been delivered, redeemed and are being restored into the image of Jesus Christ.
This is something that we need to better understand and praise God. This morning, if you have allowed Jesus to save you, to redeem you, then the Bible says that you are a whole new creation. You are no longer like the world. You have been transformed by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Your mind is being right now renewed and rewired through God's Holy Word and prayer. Your goals, your priorities and how you want to live are being each day brought into alignment with God's plan and desire for your life.
Paul reminds us that once we were like a caterpillar living in sin (Romans 6). But through Jesus we are now a new creation - we are like a butterfly - we have been transformed. And we must learn how to live this new life, or else we will only be sanctified worms when we can be transformed into the very image of our Lord and Savior Jesus.
Another joy is being able to help one another in Christ. We all know that the Christian Life is both individual and communal in nature and essence. Each of us are called by the Lord as individuals to follow Him and receive His redemption, renewal and restoration. Likewise, each of us are called to be an integral part of the communal Body of Christ, called the Church, locally and globally.
We all know that the LORD guides us in our individual walks with Him. However, we also must understand that God does not work with us in a vacuum. It is not God's intention that we experience simply a one-on-one relationship with Him. We are to be Christ followers in community. In Christ we are called to be the Body of Christ. Our Lord calls us to be a part of one another in what the Bible wonderfully calls "Koinonia".