Bible Study Outline on Depression

What is Depression?

Depression is a feeling of sadness that can occur when you face a negative situation. Depression can cause a person to think and act negatively. Depression can affect a person’s thoughts and behavior. People with depression will experience loss or increase in appetite, bad temper, suicide, and insomnia. Depression is caused by many factors including disappointment, low self esteem, illness and disease, rejection, goal not met, and etc.



God Can Save You from Your Depression


Everyone, at some point in life, will experience sadness. Everyone will face problems in life. God did not promise that you will become problem free after you become a Christian. In John 16:33, Jesus said in this world we will have trouble but take heart because he has overcome the world. But the difference between a Christian and a non believer is that you have the grace of God.


You can pray to God when you face depression and God will hear your prayer if you believe in him (Philippians 4:6-7). In Matthew 11:28, Jesus said all who are weary and heavy laden should come to him and he will give them rest. In John 14:6, Jesus is the truth,way and life. No one can come to the Father, except through Jesus Christ. In order for a prayer to be answered, you must believe that God will answer your prayer and pray according to his will (1 John 5:14; James 4:3) and obey God’s commandments (1 John 3:22). God is the source of all things. He is the creator and he can solve all problems.


Nothing is impossible for God to accomplish (Luke 1:37). We can be sad from time to time but it is a sin to keep on feeling sad. If you keep on feeling sad, you will be trapped in a deep depression. When you are sad, you open a doorway for the devil to come into your life. The devil will attack you and lead you away from Jesus if you let depression get hold on you. We should always put our hope in God instead of looking at the situation around us. We must not look to men or the things of this world for solution to our problems but trust in God and look things in an optimistic way. Men can fail you but God’s won’t if you persistently trust in him. When you have problem, you must not look sad and gloomy but smile at all times. This will give a good testimony to others.


In 1 Corinthians 10:31, whatever we do should be to glorify God. In Colossians 3:17, whatever we do in word or deed, should be to give thanks to God, the Father. Christians must never grumble or murmur but do everything diligently with a full heart (Philippians 2:14; 1 Corinthians 10:8-11). Whatever you do, your purpose should be to serve God. Even if it is a difficult situation, you must do it heartily because you are serving God. The greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart and mind. The second greatest commandment is to love others as much as you love yourself (Matthew 22:36-40).


In Psalm 34:17-18, God heals and deliver the righteous when they cry for help. The Lord is near to those who are broken hearted. God has a wonderful plan for us. In Jeremiah 29:11, God said he know the thoughts he has toward you, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end. In Isaiah 41:20, we should not fear or dismay but persevere in trusting in God because God will strengthen you. He will help you and uphold you with his righteous right hand. In Psalm 30:5, God’s anger endures for a moment, his favor last for a lifetime. Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. In Psalm 23:4, though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we shall fear no evil because God is with us and he will comfort us with his rod and staff.


Committing Suicide is Not the Solution to Your Problem


Some Christians think of committing suicide to solve their problems. They thought they will go to heaven after committing suicide but this is not true. Romans 10:9 said that anyone who confesses Jesus is lord and believe that God raised him from the dead on the third day can be saved. Besides this, you also have to carry your cross to follow Jesus (Matthew 16:24). To carry your cross means to put God first in your life in whatever things you do. For example, if this morning, the television is airing your favorite show and today is the Sabbath, you should go to the church instead of staying home to watch the show. Sinners will not inherit the kingdom of heaven even if they believe in Jesus Christ. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God including sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexual offenders, thieves, greedy, drunkards, slanderers, and swindlers. God forbids murder including murdering yourself (Exodus 20:13; James 2:11).



Why Problems Occur?


Many Christians blame God when they face problems. We should never blame God for the troubles in our lives. Instead, we should ask ourselves why these problems occur. Sometimes, problems can occur because we disobey God. God then give us problems, so that we can see where we have sinned against him and repent. When you face problem, you should ask yourself where you have sin in your life and rectify it and repent before God.


The devil can also put problems in our lives to test us. The devil is constantly roaming around the earth looking for weak Christians to devour (1 Peter 5:8). You must not grumble or say negative things because you will glorify the devil. The devil cannot harm us unless he got permission from God to do it. When God gave permission to the devil to harm Job, the devil caused Job to lose his children, his livestock, and his health. His wife told him to curse God but Job said if we can receive blessings from God, we also should accept problems in our lives (Job 1-2:10). In Job 42:10-16, God blessed Job with twice as much as he had. He also gave Job a long life and he was able to see his children and grandchildren up to the 4th generation. We must continue to trust in God to solve our problems.