“Emotionally Healthy Church”
Transforming those beneath-the-surface layers
Reading: Proverbs 4:23, Mark 7:14-15
Preacher: Rev Kevin Kim
This Sunday we will start a new series on ‘Emotionally Healthy Church’. Kevin will begin with a focus on a theme of ‘Transforming those beneath-the-surface layers’ for us to become a better ’emotionally healthy church’. Being guided by the book, ‘The Emotionally Healthy Church’ by Peter Scazzero, we will explore terms such as ’emotionally healthy’, ’emotional infant’, ’emotional child’ and ’emotional adult’.
It is understood that a person’s life is like an iceberg, with the vast majority of who we are lying deep beneath the surface. Through this series, we invite God to bring to our awareness and to transform those beneath-the-surface layers that hinder us from becoming more like Jesus Christ. Going beneath the surface of our lives can feel as if we are walking on a tightrope fifty feet above ground without a safety net below. The gospel is like the safety net. It alone gives us the foundation to take the risk of stepping out onto the tightrope in order to explore our inner depths.
The gospel says you are more sinful and flawed than you ever dared believe, yet you are more accepted and loved than you ever dared hope because Jesus lived and died in your place. A great exchange takes place when we put our trust and faith in Jesus Christ. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21). For us to become a better ’emotionally healthy church’, we need to transform those beneath-the-surface layers.