Hope for the Hurting

The church plays a crucial role in healing for the depressed.

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Overview

There is no quick fix for depression. We canít just tell those suffering among us to snap out of it and expect the pain to go away. As the church, we must surround our brothers and sisters suffering from depression and combat the lies of distorted self-perception by affirming those truths most essential to an identity found in Christ.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: 1 John 3:1-10, Psalm 25, 1 Peter 1

LEADER'S GUIDE

    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: Through Godís unchanging love we find self-worth.
Teaching point two: Through suffering we find hope.
Teaching point three: Through the church we find renewal.
    • Apply Your Findings

    • Recommended Resources

ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY

    • "The Depression Epidemic," by Dan G. Blazer (March 2009)

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