SEPTEMBER 16, 2018

Mental Health Sunday Sermon with Healing Service
"Mental Health And The Abundant Life"

Mark 12:28-31
Pastor Rick Sams

SERMON IN A SENTENCE: Jesus wants us to have wholeness, not just compartmentalized healing. Wholeness encompasses mind, body, soul & strength Mark 12:28-31. All these are connected.

CALL TO WORSHIP: Mark 12:28-31

SERMON STUDY QUESTIONS (PICK ONE OR TWO that stand out to you):  

1. In a survey of 500 churches done by the National Association of Evangelicals, 98% of pastors were aware of some kind of mental health problem existing within their own congregation, BUT at the same time, only 12.5% of them said that mental illness was openly discussed in a healthy way in their church. REACT to that statement.

2. 50% of the adult population will deal with a mental illness at some point in their lives. 25% deal with one any given year. This assumes anxiety disorders and depression are included (numbers one and two in terms of how many suffer from these (National Institute of Mental Health stats). What’s your reaction to these stats?

3. What other problems are HUGE in the church, but we don’t talk about them in a helpful way? Would you share your answer with a church staff member?

4. MANY Bible verses that have to do with healing and wholeness (what others have you found that help you?)

“I want you to enter my rest… (Heb 4).

“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest…rest for your SOUL” (Mt 11:28-30).

“Come apart with ME and rest awhile [or you’ll come apart]” (Mk 6:30-32). “Search me, O God, know my heart. Try me and know my anxious thoughts…and lead me into the life that is real life” (Psa 139:23-24).

“I want to die…” (Elijah, I Kgs 19:1-5).

“I have labored for no purpose…” (Isa 49:1-3).

“An evil spirit from the Lord tormented Saul…” (I Sam 16:14).



John 13:34-35 - Love one another

Romans 12:5 - Members of one another (depend)

Romans 12:10 - Devoted to one another

Romans 12:10 - Outdo one another in showing honor

Romans 12:15 - Rejoice with one another

Romans 12:15 - Weep with one another

Romans 12:16 - Same mind toward one another

Romans 14:13 - Not judge one another

Romans 15:7 - Accept one another

Romans 15:14 (Amp) - Counsel one another

Romans 16:1- Greet one another

I Corinthians 11:33 - Wait for one another

I Corinthians 12:25 - Care for one another

Galatians 5:13 - Serve one another

Galatians 6:2 - Bear one another's burdens

Ephesians 4:32 - Be kind to one another

Ephesians 5:21 - Submit to one another

Colossians 3:13 - Bear with one another (forgiving one another)

I Thessalonians 5:11 - Build up one another

Hebrews 10:24 - Stir up on another

Hebrews 10:25 - Encourage one another

James 5:16 - (keep) confessing your sins and praying or one another

I Peter 4:9 - Be hospitable to one another

I Peter 4:10 - Minister gifts to one another

I Peter 5:5 - Be clothed with humility to one another

1 John 1:1-5 - Fellowship with one another

GREAT RESOURCES (especially for training lay leaders of support groups for mental health). If they are so successful at helping folks with mental illness, what should your response be?

Fresh Hope For Mental Health website

NAMI website ( – 330.455.0374

HTTPS://WWW.NAE.NET/SIMPSONPODCAST / Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission BY AMY SIMPSON

SEPTEMBER 23, 2018
Church of Your Dreams Sermon Series (Ephesians)
"The Church of Your Dreams"
Pastor Rick Sams

SERMON IN A SENTENCE: Ephesians is about who (whose) we ARE; and because of that IDENTITY, what we must DO.

CALL TO WORSHIP: Ephesians 1:3-10

SERMON STUDY QUESTIONS (PICK ONE OR TWO that stand out to you):  

1. Meditate on Mark 5:19-20; Acts 4:13, 20; I Peter 3:15-16. How could these help you share Jesus with others this week?

2. Your IDENTITY in Jesus 

Romans 3:24 - We are justified (declared “righteous”).

Romans 8:1 - No condemnation awaits us.

Romans 8:2 - We are set free from the power of sin that leads to death.

I Corinthians 1:2 - We are sanctified (made holy) in Jesus Christ.

I Corinthians 1:30 - We are pure and holy in Christ.

I Corinthians 15:22 - We will be given new life at the resurrection.

2 Corinthians 5:17 - We are new persons.

2 Corinthians 5:21 - We are made right with God.

Galatians 3:28 - We are one in Christ with all other believers.

Ephesians 1:3 - We are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Ephesians 1:4 - We are holy and without fault.

Ephesians 1:5, 6 - We are adopted as God’s children.

Ephesians 1:7 - Our sins are taken away, and we are forgiven.

Ephesians 1:10, 11 - We will be brought under Christ’s authority.

Ephesians 1:13 - We are identified as belonging to God by the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 2:6 - We have been raised up to sit with Christ in the heavenly realms.

Ephesians 2:10 - We are God’s masterpiece.

Ephesians 2:13 - We have been brought near to God.

Ephesians 3:6 - We share in the promise of blessings through Christ.

Ephesians 3:12 - We can come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

Ephesians 5:29, 30 - We are members of Christ’s body, the church.

Colossians 2:10 - We are made complete in Christ.

Colossians 2:11 - We are set free from our sinful nature.

2 Timothy 2:10 - We will have eternal glory.

3. Name some opposites of the chart above. Illustration: instead of adopted you feel abandoned. Instead of included you feel isolated, alone and separated from God and from people. These are the lies, false identities, that bombard our brains from the world, flesh and devil. We must “take these thoughts captive” to the Word of Christ, God’s Word/truth in the Bible (2 Corinthians 10:1-5).

4. Draw two columns on a page. In the left column, list any lies you’re believing now. Then in the right column, list truths from God’s Word that counter these lies. If the answers don’t come quickly, ask God to show you these truths from His Word. Ask for help from a friend who knows the Bible. These truths in the right column should be Bible verses or principles from the Bible.