Hope for the Present

Hope for the Present

December 16th, 2018
Dave Downey

We can live with hope (confident expectation) that following Jesus leads to “the good life” in the present.

Questions for group discussion or personal reflection

Icebreaker: Name something about Christmas that most people like but you dislike? Why? What is your favorite part?

Read Colossians 1:22-23, Hebrews 3:6, and Hebrews 10:23. How do these passages shape your understanding of what it looks like to be a person of hope? What other passages on hope come to mind?

Reflect on Colossians 2:8. Give examples of hollow or deceptive ideas that you are often exposed to in our current cultural moment. Which do you find enticing? Which can, if you are not careful, shift your hope?

According to Mark Sayers, Post-Christian culture can be summed up in the phrase “the kingdom without the king”. How do you see Jesus’ impact still looming large in our culture? How have you experienced our culture’s reaction against any authority?

Reflect on the implications of placing our hope in culture’s version of flourishing (see outline)

  • Do you see these values sneaking their way into the Church?
  • Give examples of how you see these values at play.

Reflect on the implications of placing our hope in Jesus’ view of flourishing (see outline) reflect on these questions…

  • Which one particularly resonates with you?
  • Which one is hardest for you to have a confident expectation about?
  • What other implications would you add?

Is there anything else you would like to share you haven’t had the chance to yet related to how you responded to this week’s message (a way you were encouraged or challenged?  Something you struggled with? Etc.)

What action step might God be calling you towards based on this week’s discussion?

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