SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2021
3 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health
Pastor John M. Wallace
World Health Organization Definition of Mental Health = A state of well-being in which individuals can realize their abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and are able to contribute to their community.
Kingdom of God Definition Mental Health = Abundant Life
REVIEW: 1st Way to Improve My Mental Health: The Primacy of Intimacy
The first way to improve my mental health, is to increase my intimacy with my heavenly Father, through prayer, His word and worship
How to Do It
1. Decide to Master My Mind
2. Recalibrate My Word to World Ratio
3. Spend time with God every day (BC Daily Quiet Time Plan)
Mental Health = Abundant Life
John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Kingdom Concept (Sermon in a Sentence)
The second biblical way to improve my mental health, is to relationally engage with a spiritually healthy [not perfect] Kingdom community (church)
King Kingdom Truth: God Made Me for Community
Genesis 2:18a The Lord God said, It is not good for the man to be alone.
Ecclesiastes 4:7-12 7 Again I saw something meaningless under the sun: 8 There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. “For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless— a miserable business! 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
4 Benefits of Being in Kingdom Community
Being In Kingdom Community Helps me to be and do better
• Ecclesiastes 4:7-12 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor
• Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend
Being In Kingdom Community Helps Me Get Up When I Mess Up
• Ecclesiastes 4:10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
• Galatians 6:1-2 1 Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Being In Kingdom Community Helps Keep Me Warm When Life Gets Cold
Ecclesiastes 4:11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
Proverbs 18:24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Being in Christian Community Helps Me Fight Back When Life Attacks
• Ecclesiastes 4:7-12 9 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
• Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity
Paul in Prison
2 Timothy 4:9-11, 16-19,21 9 Do your best to come to me quickly, 10 for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. 16 At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. 17 But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.21 Do your best to get here before winter.
Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar
Daniel 2:1-5 1 In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep. 2 So the king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers to tell him what he had dreamed. When they came in and stood before the king, 3 he said to them, “I have had a dream that troubles me and I want to know what it means. ” 4 Then the astrologers answered the king, “May the king live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will interpret it.” 5 The king replied to the astrologers, “This is what I have firmly decided: If you do not tell me what my dream was and interpret it, I will have you cut into pieces and your houses turned into piles of rubble.
Daniel 2:17-19 17 Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 18 He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven
Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
Mark 14:32-34 32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
Jesus on the Cross
John 19: 25-27 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son," 27and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
1. Join a church
2. Get in a group
Disclaimer: Everyone is entitled to their opinion. We believe and teach that the Bible is God’s Word — His opinion — and provides His instruction for how to live life under His rule (i.e., the Kingdom of God).