Sunday, April 19
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“UNAFRAID, SESSION 5” BY ADAM HAMILTON
1. This week’s lesson seems especially appropriate to this time in our lives. We daily face concerns about COVID-19 and notice a whole range of reactions to it, which probably says a lot about how different people face illness, health problems, and even death in very different ways. In the face of COVID-19, we see some people paralyzed by fear, others take appropriate precautions, while others seem to defiantly, almost flippantly, want to get on with life life everything is normal. Where do you see yourself and other people you know falling on that spectrum of reactions?
2. Adam and his fellow hosts talk about their own fears related to health problems. As adults, often going to the doctor even for a routine checkup can make us nervous. Will the doctor notice a problem in my bloodwork? Will a routine scan show a mass? Will the dermatologist be concerned about the mole on my arm? There are also concerns about insurance, paying for medications, and the cost of a major procedure if we need one. What have been your fears about your own health?
3. Ginger mentions that she fears death less than she did before she began ministry. Part of that is because pastors think more about life after death and regularly reassure people of that hope we have. But part of it is probably because pastors are around death a lot more in their work than most people. Even a couple of generations ago, death seemed much more a part of life. Most people died younger. Many children died young. Healthcare was much more limited. Today we have a very different outlook on death. We no longer see it as a normal part of life. In some ways that is good. But it can also mean that we now fear death in unhealthy ways. Handling grief becomes more difficult. Ethical issues come up in trying to extend life. How do you think we in the church can help people better face death in faithful and hopeful ways?
4. Adam and his wife Lavon discuss her struggle against anxiety when she was in her thirties, and the difference between feeling normal fear and suffering from chronic anxiety. What did you learn from Lavon’s story?