#1 Watch or Listen To "Because Jesus: Hope"
Consider this Sunday morning’s lesson. You can listen here: http://bit.ly/weeklysermon
Or watch here [video will be posted by Monday each week]: www.vimeo.com/rrcoc
What stuck out to you as interesting?
Did you encounter any challenging or re-orienting truth?
#2 Defining Terms
On Sunday we defined hope as "confidence that what will be is better than what has been."
Is hope come easy or hard for you? Why?
Share a time when hope saw you through something you don't know how you've have survived otherwise.
Read Romans 4:16-25
Paul tells us here that "Abraham in hope believed." What does this passage reveal about Abraham's faith?
- Did it make sense for Abraham to believe he'd have a child at such an old age?
- Did Abraham ignore the reality of his age or the barren-ness of Sarah's womb?
Is it sometimes hard for you to "in hope believe"?
- Does your present reality sometimes make hope seem silly?
- Should we allow our present reality to affect our hope? Why or why not?
#4 No Hope
Where are you feeling hopeless right now? Do you ever feel like things aren't ever going to get better?
- Note to leaders: Don't immediately respond with advice if someone shares a place they're feeling hopeless. Acknowledge their feelings and pray. Consider coming back around another day to discuss ways of lifting their spirits.
Pray for hope for the hopeless. Even if none of your group members feel this way, many do. Be sure to appeal to God on their behalf.
#5 False Hope?
Watch this commercial for a children's hospital: https://vimeo.com/123776959
How do you feel after watching it?
- Do you have questions about hope after watching it? What is hope, according to this?
- Does anything about it strike you as hollow or untrue?
What is hope to those who don't follow Jesus?
- Does their version of hope help?
#6 In Tents
Read 2 Corinthians 4:8-18; 5:1-4
According to Paul, why do the people of God "not lose heart"?
What does it mean that "life is at work in us"?
Practically speaking, how can we keep our hope in front of us at all times? Brainstorm some ways to see the unseen intentionally every day.