Peninsula Covenant Church
1/29/23 Message Notes
Message Title: More Than a Feeling: SAD Date: January 29, 2023
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  • Peninsula Covenant Church
    3560 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94061, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
More Than a Feeling - SAD
January 29, 2023
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What emotions does the local Half Moon Bay shooting stir in you?

I am feeling...

The Power of Sadness: Elephant & the Rider

Sadness = Loss = Grief
Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance

BIG IDEA: Allow your sadness to lead you to God

Psalm 88 “The Suicidal Psalm”
Lord, you are the God who saves me;
day and night I cry out to you.
May my prayer come before you;
turn your ear to my cry.
I am overwhelmed with troubles
and my life draws near to death… Psalm 88 1-18

Jesus & Lazarus
2 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick…”

17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days

21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

35 Jesus wept. John 11:1-35 (in short)

...a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, Isaiah 53:3

You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book” Psalm 56:8

“Life and death, Joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, can and do coexist. Embrace them both. Don't wait. Live in the paradox. Make peace with the mystery. For He is Lord over it all and He loves you." --Kristin Overton

What is your deep sadness about? Where does it take you? What will happen if you don’t deal with it? Will you trust God with it?

BIG IDEA: Allow your sadness to lead you to God

Name it! - "I am feeling..._________ ."
Tame it! - "I am feeling this way because _________ ."
Claim it! - "Lord, I give you my feelings of ________ and false beliefs of _____. What Truth (verse) do you want me to claim to comfort and guide me?" Write it down.
May you jump into the arms of Jesus.
And may He push you out in the world.
May you be healed as you participate in the healing of others.
Not because you must but because you may.
This is why we were born!
Beyond Sunday
Like pain is a warning sign to our body, so emotions are to our soul. Our emotions are more than a feeling for they provide us an opportunity for greater understanding of ourselves and intimacy with God. In this 7-week series, More Than A Feeling, we will focus on one of six core emotions each week, while practicing how to deal with how we feel with the help of God. This week, we look at how God wants us to handle things when we get SAD.

1. How are you dealing with how you are feeling? Have you been taking time to reflect on your emotions and using the process of Naming, Taming, Claiming, and Proclaiming? If so, what have you gained? If not, what holds you back from doing so?

2. Sadness can take us to desperate places. How good are you at identifying your sadness (rate yourself on a scale 1-5: unable to identify - great at it!)? And if you do identify, how do you typically express yourself and cope with your sadness? What has worked and not worked in the past?

3. Reflect on Psalm 88. What does the psalm tell us about the psalmist and God? Which parts of the psalm are unsettling and/or encouraging to you? Which parts of the psalm have you felt?

4. Psalm 88 reflects a deep sadness. How do you see the differences between a deep sadness and a shallow sadness? Since they both cause us to ride the emotional elephant, why is it important to take both types of sadness to God? What happens if we don’t?

5. Reflect on John 11:1-35. How do you feel about Jesus’ delay in coming? What does Mary and Martha approach with Lord Jesus tell us about how we can approach Him in our grief? How does Jesus being deeply moved in spirit and troubled, plus His tears shape your perspective about His empathy for your sadness? Note these other passages Isaiah 53:3, Psalm 56:8.

6. Practice & Prayer:
Take 5-10 minutes to identify your sadness and bring it to God using the following process:
Name it! - "I am feeling..._________ ."
Tame it! - "I am feeling this way because _________ ."
Claim it! - "Lord, I give you my feelings of ________ and false beliefs of _____. What Truth (verse/thought) do you want me to claim to comfort and guide me?"
Proclaim it! - Share what you have gained with another person.
--Get a Journal / Feeling Wheel (Daily) -- Find them in the back of the Worship Center.
--Seen Seminar - Feb 6 -- see below
--Book: Restore My Soul: Reimagining Self-Care for a Sustainable Life -- see below
--Movie: Inside Out -- see below
--Local Therapist -- see below
--Podcast or Right Now Media: Managing Anxiety w/ Steve Cuss -- see below

Help for the Hurting: SEEN Seminar

Monday, Feb. 6, 7pm in the Worship Center Register ahead - $20 admission which includes the SEEN book

Right Now Media: Managing Anxiety: Yours & Theirs

Video: The Rider, the Elephant and the Path

In this animated video, we look at the behavior change process using Jonathan Haidt’s analogy of an elephant, a rider, and a path.

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