Hope In Suicide

Talking through the message during the week helps you and your group put the truth of what God is saying to you into action. Begin with the opening question(s), read the additional scriptures and questions, and then wrap up by discussing your next steps.

BIG Idea:  Jesus can bring hope even in the midst of suicide

Opening Point

Note for group leaders and participants – As we conclude When Darkness Comes, suicide is not a topic which lands on us lightly. This is especially true for those of us who are still grieving for loved ones or who may have struggled with suicidal thoughts ourselves. The subject of suicide should be approached sensitively and compassionately. Flippant religious platitudes and stern theological responses often don’t serve us well and they certainly don’t serve those who don’t have the hope of the gospel of Jesus. So please, in your conversation, lead with empathy and compassion.

Discussion Questions

Read: Romans 8:35,37-39

       ·  Is there anything that stuck out to you in this weekend’s message? 

       ·  Is there any part of Alex’s story or interview that made an impact on you?

       ·  What, if any, personal connection do you have with suicide?

       ·  What portions of what Pastor Matt shared about how to help someone thinking of taking their life did you find helpful or new information to you?

       ·  In an earlier sermons at Catalyst, Pastor Matt taught that suicide is a sin (see Exodus 20:13) and deeply grieves God, but that for a truly repentant and believing Christian, suicide does not result in a loss of salvation (see Romans 8:39). How does this Biblical explanation of suicide either challenge or line up with your own understanding of suicide?

Next Steps: As you reflect on the When Darkness Comes series, what next steps do you need to commit to and receive accountability for regarding your mental health? How can the group support you in this process?