Joe Duke | 2/04/18
Series Part No: 4
So much of your energy may be spent maintaining your life on the surface—your physical needs, your appearance, your life experienced through your five senses. But there’s a world that lies below the surface of your life too—a part of you that can often get ignored or never fully developed. It’s the world of your emotions. It’s impossible to grow spiritually without also growing emotionally. In other words, you can’t be spiritually mature without also being emotionally mature.
There’s an enemy that lurks just below the surface of our lives. Its influence can be debilitating and even deadly. It may be Evil’s primary tool for rendering us ineffective and defeated. And no one is immune to its whispers. But this enemy can be conquered in ways we might least expect. This enemy is the destructive emotion of shame.
For further thought and discussion:
- When you think of the word “shame,” what other similar words come to mind. What does shame feel like? When have you most recently felt shame?
- We might also describe shame as “the feeling of not being enough.” Why is this feeling particularly destructive? When have you experienced the feeling of not being enough?
- Shame is first mentioned in the earliest description of the first man and woman’s connection with each other and with God. Read Genesis 2:25. Why do you think being “unashamed” is mentioned here?
- Read Genesis 3:6-8. Where do you see shame at work in these verses? In what way was the serpent particularly crafty (Read Genesis 3:1-5)? Why is hiding a common response to shame?
- What do you notice about Jesus’ approach to shame from Hebrews 12:2? What is the relationship between shame and joy and vulnerability?
- Read John 21:15-17. How does shame try and derail our contribution in life and the investment of our gifts? What was Peter’s shame about? How did Jesus encourage Peter?
- Call Upon The Lord by Christopher Brown and Steven Furtick
- Christ Is Enough by Reuben Morgan and Jonas Myrin
- How Can It Be by Jason Ingram, Jeff Johnson, and Paul Mabury
WaterlineBack to Sermons
|Panel Interview||Joe Duke and Panel||2/18/18|
|The Path To Joy||Adam Hunsicker||2/11/18|
|The Destruction of Shame||Joe Duke||2/04/18|
|Processing Our Pain||Brad Lindner||1/28/18|
|Breathing Under the Water||Joe Duke||1/21/18|
|What’s Below the Surface?||Joe Duke||1/14/18|