Did anyone start something to improve their physical health?
What image comes to mind when you think of someone dealing with mental illness?
Why do you think Christians struggle with their mental health? Do you think there’s a stigma about mental illness because of our faith?
The Bible speaks often about anxiety and discouragement. What does that tell us about being followers of Christ?
Do you think it’s OK as a Christian to focus on scripture AND seek professional help for those who are struggling with their mental health?
Whichever your response, can you explain your answer?
Why is it important to be aware of our mental health as followers of Jesus?
Apply SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer) to:
Psalm 34:17-20 (ESV)
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps his bones; not one of them is broken.
- Read the verses out loud together
- Share your observations
- Discuss Application
- Close in Prayer
What can you start doing right now to protect your mental health?