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Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
Depression and the Christian Life
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Depression and the Christian Life

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Depression is a common affliction, even amongst Christians

Depression is a common affliction, even amongst Christians

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  • 1. Depression and the Christian
  • 2.  
  • 3. Vincent Van Gogh
  • 4. Examples of Depression in the Bible <ul><li>Elijah </li></ul>
  • 5. The prophet Elijah <ul><li>Duel with 450 Baal prophets (1 King 18: 20-39) </li></ul>&quot;The LORD--he is God! The LORD--he is God!&quot;
  • 6. The prophet Elijah <ul><li>Duel with 450 Baal prophets (1 King 18: 20-39) </li></ul><ul><li>The prediction of rain (1 King 18: 41-45) </li></ul>“ the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain came”
  • 7. The prophet Elijah <ul><li>Duel with 450 Baal prophets (1 King 18: 20-39) </li></ul><ul><li>The prediction of rain (1 King 18: 41-45) </li></ul><ul><li>Elijah’s depression (1 King 19: 3-4) </li></ul>&quot;Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.&quot;
  • 8. The prophet Elijah <ul><li>Duel with 450 Baal prophets (1 King 18: 20-39) </li></ul><ul><li>The prediction of rain (1 King 18: 41-45) </li></ul><ul><li>Elijah’s depression (1 King 19: 3-4) </li></ul><ul><li>God’s response (1 King 19: 5-8, 9-18) </li></ul>
  • 9. God’s response <ul><li>The angel of God (1 King 19: 5-8) </li></ul>The angel of the LORD came
  • 10. God’s response <ul><li>The angel of God (1 King 19: 5-8) </li></ul><ul><li>God’s presence (1 King 19: 9-18) </li></ul>I am here and you are not alone.
  • 11. Examples of Depression in the Bible <ul><li>Elijah </li></ul><ul><li>Jonah </li></ul>
  • 12. The prophet Jonah <ul><li>God’s instructions (Jonah 3:4-10) </li></ul><ul><li>Jonah’s depression (Jonah 4: 3, 8c) </li></ul><ul><li>God’s response ( Jonah 4: 10-11) </li></ul>
  • 13. Depression of Elijah and Jonah <ul><li>Comes after great service for God </li></ul><ul><li>Even prophets get depressed </li></ul><ul><li>God helps </li></ul><ul><li>Depression improves in response to God </li></ul>
  • 14. What is depression?
  • 15. Types of depression <ul><li>Reactive depression </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Temporary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disappear with distractions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not interfere with daily life </li></ul></ul>
  • 16. Types of depression <ul><li>Reactive depression </li></ul><ul><li>Major depression </li></ul>
  • 17. Major depression <ul><li>Major depression is diagnosed when an adult exhibits one or both of two core symptoms </li></ul><ul><li>depressed mood </li></ul><ul><li>lack of interest </li></ul><ul><li>along with four or more of the following symptoms, for at least two weeks: </li></ul><ul><li>feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt </li></ul><ul><li>diminished ability to concentrate or make decisions </li></ul><ul><li>fatigue </li></ul><ul><li>psychomotor agitation (cannot sit still) or retardation (just sitting around); </li></ul><ul><li>insomnia or hypersomnia (sleeping too much) </li></ul><ul><li>significant decrease or increase in weight or appetite </li></ul><ul><li>recurrent thoughts of death or suicidal ideation. </li></ul>
  • 18.  
  • 19. Can Christians suffer from depression?
  • 20. Christians and Depression <ul><li>“Jesus saves” </li></ul><ul><li>Happiness and Joy </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Martin Luther </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Charles Spurgeon </li></ul></ul>
  • 21. Causes of depression <ul><li>Personal factor </li></ul>Victor Frankl , Man’s Searching for Meaning – noogenic neurosis
  • 22. Causes of depression <ul><li>Personal factor </li></ul><ul><li>Psychological factors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unresolved conflicts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Life events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personality </li></ul></ul>
  • 23. Causes of depression <ul><li>Personal factor </li></ul><ul><li>Psychological factors </li></ul><ul><li>Biological factors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Neurotransmitter-serotonin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chronic diseases </li></ul></ul>
  • 24. Causes of depression <ul><li>Personal factor </li></ul><ul><li>Psychological factors </li></ul><ul><li>Biological factors </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual warfare </li></ul><ul><ul><li>demonisation </li></ul></ul>
  • 25. How can the Church help? <ul><li>Rest </li></ul>
  • 26. How can the Church help? <ul><li>Rest </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Choice </li></ul>
  • 27. Personal Choice <ul><li>Misbelief #1: I’m no good </li></ul><ul><li>Misbelief #2: My daily life is no good </li></ul><ul><li>Misbelief #3: My future is hopeless </li></ul>
  • 28. Personal Choice <ul><li>Truth #1: “You are a creature of infinite worth and value” </li></ul>
  • 29. Personal Choice <ul><li>Truth #2: “Even a depressed person can find meaning and reinforcement in activity.” </li></ul>
  • 30. Personal Choice <ul><li>Truth #3 : “God’s Word says that the future is not hopeless.” </li></ul>
  • 31. How can the Church help? <ul><li>Rest </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Choice </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to a friend </li></ul>
  • 32. How can the Church help? <ul><li>Rest </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Choice </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to a friend </li></ul><ul><li>Group Support </li></ul>John Ortberg’s HELP ministries Hope, Encouragement, Love, Prayer
  • 33. How can the Church help? <ul><li>Rest </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Choice </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to a friend </li></ul><ul><li>Group Support </li></ul><ul><li>Discernment and prayer </li></ul>
  • 34. How can the Church help? <ul><li>Rest </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Choice </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to a friend </li></ul><ul><li>Group Support </li></ul><ul><li>Discernment and prayer </li></ul><ul><li>Counseling </li></ul>
  • 35. How can the Church help? <ul><li>Rest </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Choice </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to a friend </li></ul><ul><li>Group Support </li></ul><ul><li>Discernment and prayer </li></ul><ul><li>Counseling </li></ul><ul><li>Medication </li></ul>
  • 36. Conclusion Soli Deo Gloria

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