What we believe about death profoundly shapes how we live life. Each of us faces death regularly–whether it is the stories on the evening news, or the loss of someone we love. We have questions about death and ultimately we want to know how to face our own mortality with courage and hope.
- April 26 – Christianity and Suicide
- May 3 – Faith and Hope for Life and the Afterlife
- May 10 – Comforting Those Who Mourn
- May 17 – The Art of Dying and Living Well
What is this sermon about?
This sermon is about Christianity and suicide. It has sections for those that may be considering suicide, those close to persons who take their own life and biblical examples of people who wished their life would end.
Why is this sermon important?
This sermon is important because we do not often talk about suicide in church and it is an important issue which has direct connections with our faith.
What is the context of this sermon?
This is the first sermon in the Good Grief series. It has been developed using the sermon series by the same name which was preached at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in 2012. You can find more information about that series at http://j.mp/1A0iBvF. The service of Jason Brown from August 28, 2007 was also used to develop this sermon.
What are the next action steps?
When you walk through the dark places, believe that God will not let you go.
If you feel like you are struggling with suicide, let others help you.
What is the good news (bottom line)?
The good news is that God loves us, even when we stray.
Even when we do things that are not God’s will.