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Mark 1:21-35; Luke 4:31-42; Matthew 6:14-15; Matthew 25:34-46; Matthew 26:36-44; Psalm 31:24

Memory Text: John 15:4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

The lesson lists the following components to spiritual development and mental health: prayer and Bible study, worship, the practice of forgiveness, service to others, hope and trust in God.

  • Are there other things you might add?
  • Do some seem more important to you than others?
  • What might be the hazards of leaving some of these out of our lives?

Jesus prayed after stressful days.

  • What are more prevalent stress reliefs in our society?
  • Does the benefit of prayer differ from reflective techniques in other religions?
  • What distracts us from more active prayer?

Worship and church community

  • Does church and group religious activity work for extraverts but not introverts?
  • Must everyone be involved with a church?
  • What if your congregation exudes negative vibes— e.g. harbors and triggers judgment, guilt, anger, resentment, etc?

Service

  • What benefits are there to serving others?
  • How does one keep from using service as an “earned ticket” to salvation?

Hope & Trust in God

  • Hope illustrated in the Chilean miners who were rescued last fall.
  • Is hope denial of present trouble or impossible circumstances?
  • Is hope for eternity just an escape from the present?
  • When we pray for relief how does it help us to ask that “God’s will be done?”

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