Outlines & Sermons on Discouragement for Pastors
John Oxenham once wrote, “Never once since the world began has the sun ever once stopped shining. His face very often we could not see and we grumbled at his inconstancy; but the clouds were really to blame, not he. For behind them he was shining. And so—behind life’s darkest clouds God’s love is always shining. We veil it at times with our faithless fears, And darken our sight with our foolish tears, but in time the atmosphere always clears, for His love is always shining,” (John Oxenham, Vision Splendid).
Dr. Paul Brand, who spent years working among the lepers in India, in response to the question, “Where is God when it hurts?” replied, “He is in you, the one hurting, not in it, the thing that hurts.” It is the reality of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who is touched with the feeling of our infirmities. He experienced the agony of praying, “Father, take this cup of suffering from me?” But that was not to be and then He said, “It is for this hour that I came into the world, therefore glorify thy name through me.” God did not spare His son the sufferings of this unfair, difficult life.
And Philip Yancey said, “The cross that held Jesus’ body naked and marked with scars exposed all the violence and injustice of this world. At once the Cross revealed what kind of world we have and what kind of God we have: a world of gross unfairness, a God of sacrificial love,” (Philip Yancey, Disappointment with God).
It is important to know that God never leaves us or forsakes us. It is a comfort that we can cast our cares upon Him because He cares for us. God is the anchor that steadies us in times of deep despair. Our negative thoughts may block our view of Him but He is always there. Accepting the reality of discouragement and finding peace from God can literally save lives for eternity. Ugly as discouragement may be, it is an issue of urgent importance to guide and encourage one another through.
3 Sermons on Discouragement with Outlines
Pastors, if you’re wrestling with approaches for discouragement, below are some sermon outlines you’re invited to utilize for your congregation. If you’re not in pastoral ministry but stumbled upon this post, please feel free to read through these sermons as well. I pray they’ll provide encouragement through hard times.
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- Jeremiah 20 Overcome Discouragement Sermon
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- Jeremiah Sermon on Discouragement: Never Too Broken
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- Psalm 42 Overcoming Discouragement Sermon Outline
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