We’re continuing our discovery of who we are as a church by looking at our first value, being Hope-Filled. How does this look in a frustrated world and how do we hold onto that hope when faced with suffering?
Give out some pens and paper, listen to Good & Loved by Travis Greene & Steffany Gretzinger and while you listen, write down any lyrics that stand out to you, or doodle what the worlds inspire you to think about on a piece of paper. You can decide whether to get your group to share what they’ve done or just let people take their artwork and ponderings home.
1. What do you think of when you hear the word “Values”? Do you have particular values you live by?
2. Read Romans 8:18-25 and 31-39. What in this passage speaks to you?
3. Whenever Paul speaks of hope, he does it in conjunction with suffering, inferring that hope isn’t a naive ignorance of reality, but a response to the current world, a frustrated world in need of liberation.
What would you say your hope is based on?
4. Read Romans 5:4-5. Perseverance isn’t pretending it’s not happening, it’s taking small steps forward in hope of what’s to come. What does it look like to be a hope-filled people whilst standing in the tension of the now-and-not-yet?
We may often find that God is resident but not evident in our lives. We know He’s there and has promised His Spirit, but we may not always show that hope-filled life. Has there been a time where God has brought you to that place that encourages you in times of suffering?
Pray that we’d be a hope-filled people and into situations each might be facing.