27 October 2014

Redeeming Emotion--wrap up.

Yesterday, I completed a 4 part teaching series at Cedarcreek Community Church entitled Redeeming Emotion. Over the 4 weeks, we looked at what the Bible had to say about emotion, specifically anger, fear, sorrow, and joy.  I also introduced a 4 step model for working through emotions: 1) reflect and listen, 2) respond and repent, 3) remember the gospel, and 4) relate and restore.

I thought it might be useful to provide a few brief notes and links to the audio teachings for those who are interested in going deeper. You can click on the links to hear the teachings.


Anger
  • Part of bearing the image of God means that we are emotional. God is passionate; we are passionate.
  • God's anger is expressed towared unrighteousness and unholiness (Exodus 32). His anger is always righteous.
  • Our anger may be either righteous or unrighteous.
  • “Careful inspection of ourselves, particularly when we’re angry, makes it clear that we suffer from a defect more severe than mere self-centeredness. The greatest obstacle to building truly good relationships is justified self-centeredness, a selfishness that, deep in our souls, feels entirely reasonable and therefore acceptable in light of how we’ve been treated." (Larry Crabb, Men and Women)
  • From Ephesians 4--Paul assumes believers will become angry, but we are instructed to not harbor our anger. We are also instructed by David to ponder our anger.
  • Imprecatory psalms express anger and call for God to deliver.
Scriptures
  • Song of Solomon 6:4-5
  • Luke 10:27
  • Exodus 32:9-10
  • Romans 1:18
  • Proverbs 6:16-17
  • Ephesians 4:25-32
  • Psalm 4:4
  • Psalm 139
  • Romans 5:6-11
Fear 
  • One in five Americans have disruptive anxiety.
  • Anxiety can consist of fear, worry, fret, physiological symptoms, obsessing. 
  • We need to dig deeper into what the Bible teaches about anxiety. 
  • Two types of fear--righteous and unrighteous
  • The righteous type of fear is found in the "Fear of the Lord"
  • We worry about lots of things that are not God.  Jesus tells us not to worry about those things.
  • Often our anxiety comes from the the belief that either God is not powerful or that God is not good.
Scriptures
  • Luke 12:4-5
  • Proverbs 1:7
  • Matthew 6:25-34
  • Proverbs 16:9, 19:20, 20:24, 21:1
  • Matthew 7:9-11
  • Romans 8:35-39
  • Psalm 55
Sorrow
  • Biblical characters with clear stories of sorrow--Job, Hannah, David, Elijah, Solomon, Jeremiah, Jonah, Mary, Martha, Jesus.
  • 1/3 Psalms are in the minor key--laments.
  • Jesus experienced sorrow--at the death of Lazarus, in the garden of Gethsemane
  •  Sorrow is a part of the rhythm of life.
  • Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.-CS Lewis
  • Christians Get Depressed Too videos
  • Isolation leads to loneliness leads to depression
Scriptures
  • Psalm 22
  • Psalm 88--"the saddest psalm in the psalter. Does not resolve. Most hopeless of all the Psalms."
  • John 11:35
  • Luke 19
  • Matthew 26:38
  •  Romans 8:26
  • Psalm 69
  • Psalm 42
Joy
  • Christians are rarely described as joyful, but instead hypocritical, judgmental, political, and conservative.
  • If your yoke is hard and your burden is heavy, it is because you are trying to carry it instead of Jesus--read on Twitter
  • We tend to live in duty driven Christianity.
  • Christianity is a celebrating religion.
  • God is a delighter.
  • You can't get second things by putting them first. You get second things only by putting first things first.--CS Lewis
  • Happiness in God is the end of all our seeking--John Piper
  • It is finished.
  • Christians are too cautious with grace.
Scriptures
  • Luke 7:31-34
  •  Zephaniah 3:17
  • Luke 16:20
  • Genesis 3--independence
  • Genesis 11--achievement
  • Genesis 19--sexual pleasure
  • Ecclesiastes
  • Deuteronomy 24:5
  • Psalm 16:11
  • Psalm 119
  • Psalm 1
  • Matthew 5:17-20, 48
  • Romans 5:8-21
  • Ephesians 1:3-14
  • Psalm 30:4-5,11-12

1 comment:

Michael Downie said...

Jason, I am so thankful you were willing to teach four weeks in the middle of a busy time. Your family is so far away and so much is resting on your shoulders during this time. How are you feeling? I imagine you feel a sense of relief.