The Emotionally Healthy Church Part 2
Apr 13, 2014
Big Idea - Exposure of honesty, and honesty with our past, present and future is required for emotional health.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.
1. Our history shapes our perspective and our emotional norms.
2. Our current condition must be viewed through Biblical truth.
Romans 8:1-4, 15-17 Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit's law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. What the law could not do since it was limited by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own Son in flesh like ours under sin's domain, and as a sin offering, in order that the law's requirement would be accomplished in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, " Abba, Father! " The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God's children, and if children, also heirs - heirs of God and coheirs with Christ - seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
3. Living in brokenness and vulnerability is the best choice for our future.
2 Corinthians 12:6-10 For if I want to boast, I will not be a fool, because I will be telling the truth. But I will spare you, so that no one can credit me with something beyond what he sees in me or hears from me, especially because of the extraordinary revelations. Therefore, so that I would not exalt myself, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to torment me so I would not exalt myself. Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me. But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Does Gold your emotional past, present, and future.
Are you willing to acknowledge your weakness to God and others?
Take an emotional inventory of our past. e.g. where are areas of our past that have hurt you.
Begin practicing intentional vulnerability with others.
We need a hero... cheesy, but Jesus is our hero. Practical side of owning weakness.
Note: all scripture references are in HCSB