Depression results from a life centered on self rather than God. Christians should be the most joy filled people in the world. However sins like envy, anger and self pity can lead to depression if not checked. If we understand the reasons why we look inward and focus on self, we can understand how to break the bonds of self pity and depression and walk in trust, hope and joy.
Mr. Thomas’s sermon will look at the life of Cain, Abel, Elijah and Jonah as illustrations on how to identify the steps to depression and out of depression as well as a few personal examples.
The following scriptures are used: Genesis 4 – story of Cain and Abel, 1 Kings 19 – story of Elijah, Jonah 3 – story of Jonah, 2 Tim 2:20-21, Heb 12:1-3, Rom 5:1-5, 1 Peter 1:3-9, Heb 6:18-19, 1 John 3:2-3, Psalms 32, 42 and 71.
Scripture tells us that God forbids idolatry. Yet man has a very difficult time obeying God, for man is always creating idols in his heart. In fact, theologian and pastor John Calvin said that man’s nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols.
This sermon is given by guest preacher, Mark Thomas. It addresses the nature and causes of idolatry in our hearts, along with the remedy for it. Deuteronomy 8:1-3, Psalm 145:15-16, Ecclesiastes 5:10, Isaiah 55:1-2, John 6:1-35, Romans 6:16
Christians can find comfort and assurance in knowing the mercies of our Lord. In the midst of nations that rage against God and against His Anointed, believers can rest assured that our Lord Jesus is ruling and reigning until He makes His enemies His footstool. While much of the earth still groans under the curse of the fall, we can also take heart in knowing that our Savior intercedes for us before the heavenly throne of grace and we can find security in the sure promises of His eternal Word. In all, we are comforted and assured by the fact that our Lord Jesus Christ is the great Prophet, the merciful High Priest, and reigning King of His beloved saints.
Mr. Ford’s sermon will address these three divine offices of our Lord Jesus. Deuteronomy 18:15, Acts 3:20-22, Luke 9:22, Hebrews 5:5-10, Psalm 103:19, Ephesians 1:17-23, Matthew 16:15-19
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