Soul Detox - a series of sermons - getting and keeping a clean soul in a contaminated world. Keynote verses for series: Proverbs 25:26, In what ways has the influence of a contaminated world kept you from being a spring of life for those around you? Psalm 51:2, in what ways have you experienced the cleansing power of Jesus?
Giving Up Or Getting Up - in a culture of increasing hopelessness where more and more people are giving up in big or small ways, how do you keep hopelessness out of your heart so that you can be a spring of life for those around you?
1.) 1 Samuel 30:1-6. David avoided falling into a pit of despair by strengthening himself in the Lord. In what ways have you found that you can strengthen yourself in the Lord? Hebrews 6:19. Why is hope an anchor for your soul? Romans 15:13. How does the Lord give us joy and peace even in very difficult circumstances?
2.) Ezekiel 37:1-14. The Lord cleansed Ezekiel's soul from hopelessness by reminding him that nothing is too difficult for the Lord. Can you share an experience when you found yourself in an "impossible" situation, and then the showed you that nothing is too difficult for him? Jeremiah 32:27, Luke 18:27, Matthew 17:20, Mark 9:23.
3.) 1 Kings 19:9-12. The Lord doesn't give Elijah any deep, profound truths about despair and hope. Instead, the Lord gives him a list of things he was to do, one at a time. If you are giving up, make up your mind, instead, to get up and do the one next right thing you are to do, and then do the one next right thing after that, and so on. What are the things the Lord has told you to do when you have been giving up? Galatians 6:9.