There are people everywhere who feel as though they cannot be part of our world any longer.
Sadly, some of those people have tried to take their own lives.
In 2015, over 3,000 people died by suicide, and it is presumed that for every death there were as many as 25 attempts.
Whilst this seems like a new phenomenon, we read in the Bible about people who have struggled with great fear, sadness and hopelessness.
The Psalmist even declares that God was the only thing that, “kept my eyes from closing [for he] was too troubled to speak.” (Psalm 77:4).
Yet even though these feelings of hopelessness and suicide are common, Christians believe that suicide is a great tragedy.
After all, God has knit each person together in their mother’s womb (Psalm 139) and made each of us in his image (Genesis 1).
It grieves God to see his children feeling so hopeless, especially when Jesus offers such hope.
If you think someone may be experiencing suicidal thoughts, then it important that you ask them how they’re going.
This is the message that Tim and I were taught in a recent seminar by Lifeline on this topic of suicide intervention.
We were encouraged to speak to people who seem troubled, and to say something like, “hey, you’ve seemed really down lately: have you been thinking about suicide?”
It’s a bold question to ask, but it will let that person know you care and give them an opportunity to talk about what’s going on in their lives.
For, in the same way that you’d run to help someone who was clutching their chest in pain, we need to assist people who are suffering emotionally.
We must care well for others and try to offer hope.
If you need to speak to someone now, contact www.lifeline.org.au on 13 11 14.
We had a cracker of a time last weekend as we gathered together to encourage each other as we look forward to Jesus’ return, real soon. That was the main message of the Bible talk, and this weekend we’re considering just how it is that God is gathering more and more people into his church. In other words, it’s the topic of ‘evangelism’.
If you’re a person who already knows Jesus but is looking for a church to visit or join, then come along this weekend at 5pm on Saturday (with dinner and programs for kids and youth), or 9am on Sunday (with Lord’s Supper, espresso coffee and a more ‘classic’ Anglican styled church).
If you’re not yet a follower of Jesus, then you should definitely drop in this weekend. We’d love you to tyre-kick church and check out what makes Christians tick. Come along, feel at home, ask lots of questions, and join our family. It’s really special.
Part of church each week is our Q&A segment, where I answer the tough questions you asked me via the response slip at church or via SMS. Here are the questions lined up for this weekend:
So, come along and come alive! See you Saturday or Sunday!