Faith-Rest and a Christian’s Mental Stability: Bible Answers to Fear, Worry, and Depression

Here is an excerpt from one of my favorite Grace Notes topical studies. Life is crazy these days, how to cope? This study walks you through Hebrews 3 and 4 looking at the Wilderness generation and the results of no faith in the Lord.

Do you remember the song “Ship Ahoy”? “I was drifting along on life’s pitiless sea, And the angry waves threatened my ruin to be.” The floundering sailor was rescued from drowning by a “ship”, which was a metaphor for a condemned sinner being saved by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His work of atonement on the
Cross.

We rejoice in our salvation; yet we find that after we are saved, one of the consistent features of the
Christian life is testing. We Christians live in a fallen world, in an imperfect society, among people whose way of life is directed by Satan and their own sin natures. We cannot avoid the friction, conflict, or confrontation that results from this. We face daily disasters, small and great, which are brought on us suddenly by nature, by the ignorance or deliberate actions of other people, or even by our own mistakes and sins.

This testing and affliction often causes us great concern, worry, fear about the future, and can even lead to serious depression, unless we have put into practice some of the Bible principles the Father has provided to give us peace, joy, and mental
stability in times of stress.

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Grace Notes, what is it anyway?

When I describe Grace Notes, I get maybe one minute to catch a person’s interest… It is a self-paced way of thoroughly going through books of the Bible. It never replaces a church or pastor, but it does enhance your understanding of God’s Word. When I finished Unit 1 of the Grace Notes curriculum, it made such a positive difference in my teaching that I strongly recommend finishing Unit 1 for anybody who teaches Bible classes. Doing Grace Notes accelerates your learning so that an individual can be productive in communicating Bible truth. Ask yourself, how much difference in would occur in my life with this deep study of God’s Word. Concepts that occur throughout Scripture become obvious. Oral communication is always going to be limited as to what ideas can be developed fully. Written words are a much better vehicle for developing multiple concepts, linking multiple Scripture references, examining the important Greek or Hebrew words to determine if deeper ideas are present.

Grace Notes is suitable for Bible study in homes or large groups, and can be generally be used as commentary. Most important, they are free.

What makes Grace Notes Different

As I visit various churches to talk about Grace Notes and hand out business cards, I realize I have maybe a minute to catch the person’ interest.  The first thing I tell people is that it’s free!  You cannot buy anything on the http://www.gracenotes.info.  Then they relax.  Grace Notes is self-paced.  You never have to drop a lesson series because you fall behind.  This is no final date when everything is due.  Its your pace.

Grace Notes a very thorough way to study Scripture.  This is something I call the Grace Notes Advantage.  Here is a description from our website:

The Grace Notes curriculum has been developed specifically using four interrelated components of Bible instruction:

Bible Analysis (exegesis, hermeneutics, and exposition). The process of dissecting a passage of Scripture into its component parts (vocabulary, syntax, grammar) in order to learn as well as possible the meaning (interpretation) of passages. Grace Notes has Verse by verse expositional studies of 50 books of the Bible.

Topical Development (categorization). The process of determining the meaning of words and concepts found in a passage of scripture by searching the whole Bible for explanations and illustrations of the subject under study.

These include: Studies of categorical Bible doctrines regarding salvation, stability in the Christian way of life, and all phases of a Christian’s growth in Christ, Old Testament survey, New Testament survey, Life of Christ, Acts and Life/Epistles of Paul.

Historical Study (isagogics). The process of studying (1) the social history of the people and cultures in the context of the Bible passage, (2) the language history of the text as it was used colloquially in the time in which it was written, and (3) to learn how the text was applied to the people living in that time and place.

These studies include: Survey of Ancient History (early times to Byzantine Empire), Old Testament history and history of major mid-Eastern world powers – Egypt, Assyria, Sumer, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Hittites, Greece, Rome; History of Judea; History of the Jewish religion and practices; the Temple at the time of Christ; The Life and Times of Paul the Apostle

Correlation of Categorical Doctrine – This involves the gathering together of groups of related expositional and doctrinal studies that deal with specific areas of application.