Stress and Change: Certain hope in an uncertain world
On behalf of Rehoboth Baptist Church, we invite you to join us in our online gatherings on Wednesday evenings. Each Wednesday evening beginning May 13, 2020, we will meet online at 6 pm for a 1 hour support group. Click here for more information.
Prolonged stress amid deeply disturbing change rattles us to the core. The residual effects on the human soul compound invisibly over time. The experiences of emotional distress gradually expose the foundational cracks in our misplaced hopes. We are here to walk with you through these days of unprecedented uncertainty. Our aim is to share biblical insight and perspective to answer this critical question. How is your soul interacting with all the uncertainties the entire world is now facing due to COVID-19?
This 6-week support group provides an interactive forum to share your own experiences and learn from others. The format will include short segments of instructor teaching and moderated group discussion and interaction. The instructor led, small-group interaction offers a confidential and non-judgmental opportunity to share your experiences and learn from the wisdom of others.
How will this group help me?
If you were a part of our previous two support groups, Grace in Trials and Relationship Care, you will appreciate how this group will build onto the previous ones. If you were not, there are no prerequisites.
What we need in time of trial is God's grace. The problem is, even for Christians, this is counter intuitive. We look for self-help books or podcasts with 3 simple steps to avoid trials to begin with.
What is God up to in our trials? Author and speaker Paul Tripp often uses the term "rescuing grace". Although we have already been accepted in Christ, by grace, we still need rescuing from indwelling sin. Tripp explains, "The people that He has rescued, He will now restore to be what He has created them to be. Grace is not just rescue, grace is restoration, and that is powerfully presented to us in Exodus. And you and I need both aspects of that grace."
The grace of God is the major difference between truly gospel-centered counseling and other approaches. As with most inner struggles, listening to others share their story will forge a sense of connection. This connection is an aspect of how God designed humans for community.
The Bible uses the Greek term koinonia which means a "close association involving mutual interests and sharing". Through the close association with other Christians in the context of mutual interest in the topic of fear and anxiety we grow in God's grace. Sharing together with other believers in the same manner of struggle how God intends for us to live as Christians.
"Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love." (Eph. 4:15-16)
David and Lynn Bradford are leading this weekly support group focused on the topic of stress and change through God's eternal, unchanging word and the community of church family. David trained for counseling under Dr. Ed Welch, Dr. Paul Tripp and others at CCEF and Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA. The Bradford's work as full-time counselors at Find Hope Counseling.
What you can expect
- Brief presentation of relevant topic
- Safe, non-judgmental environment
- Experienced discussion facilitator
- Freedom to share or just listen
- Supportive atmosphere
- Practical ideas for difficult struggles
- Helpful resource information
- Personal validation of your pain and fear
- Sense that you are not alone in this struggle
- Complete confidentiality of information shared
- To learn from one another
What we ask
- Show honor and respect to all participants
- Be sensitive to dominating the discussion
- Do not attempt to “fix” others in the group
- Share your experiences
- What is said in the group stays in the group