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As a church family, we care about each other’s lives: what we’re celebrating, what we’re mourning, what decisions we are praying through, and everything in between (1 Thessalonians 2:8, Romans 12:10, 15). Suggested time: 10-20 minutes
God uses His Word to reveal Himself to us, equip us to live the good life He’s designed for us, show us our sin, and strengthen us as we follow Him (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Colossians 1:9-12, and James 1:22-25). Suggested Time: 20-40 minutes
Sermon theme: Our Living Hope – Todd Madonna
o Why is disappointment inevitable when we place our hope in the things of this world? What are some examples you have experienced in the past 1-2 years?
o Why do our hearts long for a hope in something that will not fade?
o What are some of the key differences between Webster’s definition of hope (“desire with anticipation; want something to be true”) and the spiritual, godly supernatural hope that Todd described?
o Todd used the analogy of going through a tunnel, and the darkest middle section of the tunnel being a picture of when our hope is shaken. How does Peter bring encouragement to his exiled readers (and us) who are in a dark place?
o What evidence (to which Peter was a witness) is the foundation of our living hope as believers (v3)?
o How does what we believe about our future impact the way we live in the present? Any examples you can share?
o When our current circumstances include suffering, what does the pathway to hope look like?
o Even when our circumstances don’t change, how does God change us so that our hope is not put to shame?
Jesus calls us to walk in the light, confessing our sins to God and each other. God’s Spirit works through confession and community to lead us to repentance. (Romans 3:23-24, James 5:16 and 1 John 1:5-10) Suggested Time: 10-20 minutes
Just like God the Father sent Jesus on a mission of reconciliation for us, Jesus sends us out as ambassadors of His reconciliation. We are called to make disciples wherever we go. (John 20:21 and 2 Corinthians 5:18-20) Suggested time: 10-20 minutes