To show that if we struggle with depression / anxiety or know someone who has that we are not alone and that there is hope and help available.
These are meant to spark conversation within your group. Use one, use none, or use them all. Most importantly feel out where your group is at and get them talking.You can find some ice breaker games / discussions in the leader hub as well
How has your week been?
What did you think about the Q&A session on Wednesday?
Where do you feel like this topic is talked about the most?
Do you think the church needs to talk about it more?
READ PSALMS 119:143-144
Encourage your Crew to open their Bibles (or app) and ask one of them to read the passage.
When the psalmist says “I find joy in your commands, what do you think he means?
(The psalmist here is saying that when life is hitting hard, when the pressure is on, that he finds joy & relief in the way God asks us to live. That when we are running after Him consistently, we can remember that al things work together for the good of those who love God -Romans 8:28. We can know that eventually, there will be an end to it.)
The psalmist asks God to remind him and to help him understand God’s commands and laws so that he may live a full life. Do you think that is true? Do you think that living the life God asks us to live leads to a fuller life? (John 10:10)
MAKE IT PERSONAL
Have you ever felt like the writer of this verse? Like life and pressure and stress was bearing down on you? What was that like? If you are comfortable share the situation surrounding it.
Its easy when pressure starts to bear down to believe that it will never end. But often we don’t ask for help. Why do you think that is? If you had a time where you didn’t want to ask for help, why was that?
What are the things in life that cause you the most stress or anxiety? School, sports, family?
Read 1 PETER 5:7
ACT ON IT
God wants to know about your worries. In fact He already knows but wants his people to bring them to Him. When we do we can know that he cares, and will help us in our need. Do you feel that you can bring things like this to God?
Often anxiety and depression can be caused by us living double lives, falling into sin, or putting un-needed stress on ourselves. Other times it can be cause by something that happened to us that we never chose. Sometimes its biological. No matter what the reason, there is hope, and there is help. If you need help with anything related to Anxiety, Stress or depression, please let a leader know. Don’t feel shame. This is a family and you are not alone.
Ask your Crew if there is anything that we can pray for, write them down, and then end the night in prayer. Encourage another student to kick off the prayer and then you finish up.