MONDAY SCHOOL for July 23, 2017, #3.2

MONDAY SCHOOL for July 23, 2017, #3.2
from What We Have In Common In The Normal Christian Church Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to … fellowship …

QUOTE: Let me tell what it is. It’s loneliness.

The statistics I’m about to give you come from journalists of sociology and medicine; they are the medical truth. They come from resources such as medical journals, Time Magazine and well-respected news reports.

The subjective feeling of loneliness – if you feel lonely – the subjective feeling of loneliness increases your risk of death in the coming year by 26%.

If you are socially isolated, if you do not have social connections to other people, the risk rises to 29%.

If you just simply live alone, it increases the likelihood of death 32%. There are families that don’t get along. But apparently, it’s much healthier for you to live with someone you don’t like than to live by yourself. In fact, I know some people who are very unlikeable but would probably like to move in with you. Let me know!

But see, here’s the point. Loneliness kills people. It is a heart disease because it breaks your heart. And there are many people in large cities and in small towns as well who are heart-broken because of loneliness.

Loneliness is breaking our hearts but as a culture, we rarely talk about it. Loneliness has doubled … 40% of adults in two recent surveys identified themselves as lonely; this is up from 20% 37 years ago.

From 1985 to 2004 – and it’s a long time back to 2004, so I believe that it’s worse now – on average, Americans dropped from three friends to only two friends. Only two people that they could talk to about the most meaningful things in their life.

And because of this, people are more and more relying on spouses. They are more and more relying on family to meet this need. And then your son moves to Austin, Texas! What is wrong with this boy? Or your wife passes away. How could God do this? Or there’s a divorce because to ask for so much from a single relationship is sometimes very taxing upon it.

I first heard this information on the radio. Back around 2004, the average man had gone from three friends to only two friends. But the number of people saying that there is no one with whom they can discuss important matters literally tripled.

Loneliness is a killer of people in our society. It is at the root of a lot of drug addiction and alcoholism. It is at the root of a lot of depression and mental illness. It is a fact that people who suffer from mental illness quite often feel cut off from meaningful, caring people around them. And in fact, scientific studies show that they become isolated and have limited contact with other people. Isolation makes everything worse.

THINKING IT THROUGH
What gets your attention? Why?
What is the human need or problem here?
What is that like?

SOW: What does it SAY?
What does it say that I should OBEY?
WHO needs to hear this?

What is the divine solution?
How can we visualize it?

How can we make it happen? What are the steps?

RESOURCES
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This post is based on the sermon series: The Normal Christian Church – Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Sermon #3. What We Have In Common In The Normal Christian Church Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to … fellowship …

 

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