SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 2021
9:30 AM (In-person + livestream, Pilgrim campus)
11:15 AM (In-person + KIDS!, IBC campus)
PEACE WITH SELF SERIES,
The Power of NO Mark 1:21-45
Simple Church, Boundaries, and Limits (Jesus)
Saying "no" to something means saying "yes" to something else. Are you shamed by secular or religious activism into saying "yes" to too many people and things? One aspect of emotional maturity is learning the importance of "no". Jesus encourages us to filter our "yeses" and our "nos" in a way that helps us flourish, even if others get upset by our "nos".
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KEY BIBLICAL TEXTS: Mark 1:21-45, John 5:6
Seven Principles of Emotional Health are:
I. TAKING OFF
Story of the man jumping off the bridge...
II. The Flight
Six Areas to Embrace Limits, Pete and Gerri Scazzero
1. Limits with Church
2. Jesus Embraced His Human Limits
Spiritual issues of limits
Jesus’ limits amidst needs
Limits are “friends”
3. Discerning Limitations
Personality - see last week’s “Better Together” update, Season, Life situation,
Capacities, Triggers, Family of Origin. The Meyers-Briggs, the Enneagram,
Strengths-finder, DISC, 16PF, etc.
4. Gift of Limits in the Life the Church
Self-care of leaders
Those who take up too much space at the expense of others. “Often in churches, the most demanding, complaining members set the agenda. Like cancer cells, they kill healthy ones by invading other people’s spaces. They seem unable to learn from their experiences and are unwilling to change... Jesus’s highest priority was not to avoid conflict but to do God’s will” (EHC, 152).
Boundaries “We have been confused...about where we end and someone
else begins” (EHC 153).
“The problem is the world’s needs are far greater than my personal supply. And I must now discern what is the best response in the long run rather than what is the easiest to do right now.”
101: Learning to be together yet separate
102: Respect in our togetherness yet separateness
5. Growing Through Limitations
6. Watching God work
God, at times, will take us beyond our limits in supernatural ways...
Sarah, Elijah, Jeremiah, Moses, Timothy, Hebrews 11...
God, we are people who often forget boundaries and limits are gifts. In our lives may we heart the question of Jesus, “Do I want to be well”? Can I own the life you have given and the faith risks you are asking me to take on? Lord, help me and “We” to discern when to say no and when to say yes. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Sources: Emotionally Healthy Church and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Pete & Gerri Scazzero; Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No, to Take Control of Your Life, Dr. Henry Cloud; God in My Everything: How an Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God, Ken Shigematsu; Simple Church , Thom Rainer, Eric Geiger; Others.
For Reflection and Discussion