Abuse in our society is widespread but often remains a hidden wound for so many. We want to be healed, to live in God’s compassion and grace, but this menace of secret pain continues to flow under the current of everything we do. Even if you have not experienced this type of wound, you likely know or live with someone who has. We can’t escape the effects. We find ourselves or those we love chained, deeply hurt, and separated from the freedom God wants to provide. How can we discover the wholeness that God has for us? How can we share it with those around us who desperately need to hear? During this series, God Heals You, we will seek to learn from experts and hear stories about those who have found this healing from God.
Work through the following questions and Scriptures on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or friends and family to talk through what you are learning.
1. What stood out/intrigued you most from this message?
2. How does what you heard affect your life right now (maybe it speaks to something you or someone close to you are going through, struggling with, etc.)?
3. What challenged you or made you shift your thinking?
4. What is your next step to apply what you heard?
5. Is there someone you feel prompted to share with about what you’ve learned from the message?
Psalm 32:3-5 – When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long…Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
Psalm 51:3-4 – I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned… Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me—now let me rejoice.
Isaiah 53:5-6 – All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all…he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.
Jeremiah 1:4-5 – Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.
John 3:16-17 – This is how God loved the world: He gave [a] his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
John 10:9-10 – I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved…The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Romans 8:1 – So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
Help, Hope, Healing
The H3Helpline serves as a safe place for you to call if you are considering abortion or have suffered emotional pain after an abortion. The professionally trained phone coaches have also experienced abortion. They are available to listen, empathize, and encourage you to start your own journey of healing. Phone: 866-721-7881 Website: h3helpline.org
Rachel’s Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild, and redeem hearts broken by abortion Phone: 877-467-3463 Website: rachelsvineyard.org
Then and Now, November 2, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Gateway South Campus)
This will be an informational time of discovery, learning, and growing for women who have been affected by an abortion. Explore this tender topic in a confidential, caring, and compassionate environment helping our community heal. Website: Visit gatewaychurch.com/south to register.
SPIRITUAL OUTCOMES— gatewaychurch.com/spiritual_outcomes/new-creation/