Sermon Series Resources

Week Four: Suicide

 Call 1-800-448-3000

Your Life, Your Voice
Boys Town Resource for Preteens, Teens, and Young Adults

"The Boys Town National Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is staffed by specially trained Boys Town counselors. It is accredited by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS).
Spanish-speaking counselors and translation services representing more than 140 languages are available, along with a TDD line (1-800-448-1833), that allows counselors to communicate with speech-impaired and deaf callers."
A bully at school. That rough break up. Thinking about suicide.
Life can give you challenges. We have some tips and tools to help you deal.

Think, Learn, Succeed
by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Join a Life Group!

"Our thought lives have incredible power over our mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. When we choose a mindset that extends our abilities rather than placing limits on ourselves, we will experience greater intellectual satisfaction, emotional control, and physical health.
Backed by up-to-date scientific research and biblical insight, Dr. Caroline Leaf empowers readers to take control of their thoughts in order to take control of their lives."
Life Groups help combat isolation by helping people grow in their faith and build community. Our groups take place throughout the week in different neighborhoods, so you're sure to find a group that's right for you. We'd love to have you join us!

Exit
Video Series by Ray Comfort

"Learn what to say to someone who is plagued with depression or with suicidal thoughts in this four-part video series based on the film "EXIT." This study is perfect for church small groups, Sunday schools, and family devotions."

Week Three: Depression

Mental Health With Ross King
Podcast: Between the Grooves

Depression, Anxiety, and Jesus
Spotify Playlist 

"Singer-songwriter Ross King chats about depression, anxiety, and how the church and the people within it should be looking at mental health. They also talk about Ross' music, including his older material and his latest track "Things That I'm Afraid Of," a song that tackles the hard topics of mental illness head-on."
Playlist created by Ross King: "I'm slowly getting more honest in my songwriting about shame/grief/depression/anxiety/etc, and I'm noticing that there are other songwriters doing the same thing. Here are a few songs that speak to the power of Jesus to guide us thru those valleys and out the other side."

Think, Learn, Succeed
by Dr. Caroline Leaf

The Pressure's Off
by Larry Crabb

"Our thought lives have incredible power over our mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. When we choose a mindset that extends our abilities rather than placing limits on ourselves, we will experience greater intellectual satisfaction, emotional control, and physical health.
Backed by up-to-date scientific research and biblical insight, Dr. Caroline Leaf empowers readers to take control of their thoughts in order to take control of their lives."
"When God’s blessings seem to taper off and when life doesn’t work out, people take it upon themselves to make things work.  God does not guarantee ease or convenience—or even a good outcome as the result of your obedience. But he does promise himself, no matter what the circumstances of your life. When you seek God and nothing else, the pressure truly is off you."

Mental Health with Dr. Jeff Baker
Video Series 

"In this series, clinical psychologist Dr. Jeff Baker, PhD, explores five topics concerning mental health: addiction, anxiety, codependency, grief, and depression. Dr. Baker explains how these five topics manifest themselves in our lives and how to recognize them. Dr. Baker describes how the brain functions when experiencing depression, anxiety, & addiction, and what that may look like externally. This series also offers practical advice for getting help for yourself, a friend, loved one, or employee who is struggling in one of these areas."

Week Two: Anxious for Nothing

Anxious for Nothing
by Max Lucado

The Worry Cure
by Dr. Robert L. Leahy

"When it comes to anxiety, depression, and stress-related illnesses, America is the frontrunner. Anxious for Nothing provides a roadmap for battling with and healing from anxiety. Stop letting anxiety rule the day. Join Max on the journey to true freedom and experience more joy, clarity, physical renewal, and contentment by the power of the Holy Spirit. Anxiety comes with life. But it doesn't have to dominate your life."
"You wish you didn’t spend as much time worrying as you do, but you just can’t seem to help it. Worrying feels like second nature. It’s what helps you solve your problems and prevents you from making mistakes. Worry protects you, prepares you, and keeps you safe.
Is it working? Or is it making you tense, tired, anxious, uncertain—and more worried?
It’s time to stop thinking you’re “just a worrier” who can’t change, and start using the groundbreaking methods in The Worry Cure to achieve the healthier, more successful life you deserve."

Think, Learn, Succeed
by Dr. Caroline Leaf

The Pressure's Off
by Larry Crabb

"Our thought lives have incredible power over our mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. When we choose a mindset that extends our abilities rather than placing limits on ourselves, we will experience greater intellectual satisfaction, emotional control, and physical health.
Backed by up-to-date scientific research and biblical insight, Dr. Caroline Leaf empowers readers to take control of their thoughts in order to take control of their lives."
"When God’s blessings seem to taper off and when life doesn’t work out, people take it upon themselves to make things work.  God does not guarantee ease or convenience—or even a good outcome as the result of your obedience. But he does promise himself, no matter what the circumstances of your life. When you seek God and nothing else, the pressure truly is off you."

Compass & Light
Video Series by Silent Images 

"People of faith aren’t immune to experiencing mental and emotional suffering. Compass & Light: A Series on Mental Health is a seven-part series that tells the stories of people affected by mental illness and gives practical knowledge about the varying issues surrounding mental health."

Recommended During Q&A

"Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare...offers a wide array of services for persons of all ages experiencing a behavioral health challenge while focusing on the support of wellness, recovery, resiliency and quality of life."
Click here to visit the Region 6 website. 

Week One: Identity Theft

Abba's Child
by Brennan Manning

"We’ve bought into the lie that we are worthy of God’s love only when our lives are going well. But when life begins to fall through the cracks and embarrassing sins threaten to reveal our less-than-perfect identity, we scramble to keep up a good front to present to the world―and to God. All this time God is calling us to take the mask off and come openly to Him. Brennan Manning encourages us to let go of the impostor lifestyle and freely accept our belovedness as a child of the heavenly Father. In Him there is life."

The Ragamuffin Gospel
by Brennan Manning

"Most of us believe in God’s grace—in theory. But somehow we can’t seem to apply it in our daily lives. We continue to see Him as a small-minded bookkeeper, tallying our failures and successes on a score sheet. Yet God gives us His grace, willingly, no matter what we’ve done. We come to Him as ragamuffins—dirty, bedraggled, and beat-up. And when we sit at His feet, He smiles upon us, the chosen objects of His “furious love.”

Think, Learn, Succeed
by Dr. Caroline Leaf

"Our thought lives have incredible power over our mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. When we choose a mindset that extends our abilities rather than placing limits on ourselves, we will experience greater intellectual satisfaction, emotional control, and physical health.
Backed by up-to-date scientific research and biblical insight, Dr. Caroline Leaf empowers readers to take control of their thoughts in order to take control of their lives."

The Pressure's Off
by Larry Crabb

"When God’s blessings seem to taper off and when life doesn’t work out, people take it upon themselves to make things work.  God does not guarantee ease or convenience—or even a good outcome as the result of your obedience. But he does promise himself, no matter what the circumstances of your life. When you seek God and nothing else, the pressure truly is off you."

Identity Defined
Video Series Study by Pete Briscoe

"We live in a world that is constantly trying to define us based on achievement, financial standing, appearance, or popularity. Many of us struggle under the force of these lies, and we end up believing false perceptions of ourselves. But if you're in Christ, there's good news—He defines your identity!"