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David Ritsema: Don’t Let Depression Destroy You (1 Kings 19:1-18)
David Ritsema, pastor of First Baptist Church in Waxahachie, Texas, speaks of what some in the church think is impossible—that a Christian can be depressed. For those who struggle with it or suffer from it, Ritsema holds up the great prophet Elijah as a biblical example of a depressed person, acknowledging that if even the greatest people in the Bible can be depressed, certainly “ordinary” people in the church can be depressed. God ministered to Elijah, providing sustenance and counsel.
Since the Bible tells of depression and depressed people, the church can, too. What’s more, the church can address depression honestly and can be a place where people find support and hope.
This sermon was delivered during the morning service at First Baptist Church in Waxahachie, on February 26, 2019, as part of a series titled “Fear Less.” The sermon notes are available here.