04.28.2019 | “Y/OUR STORY | Week 1: Hope”
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Share about a time when you had expectations for something & they were exceeded. What happened? How did it make you feel?
Read Romans 5:1-8.
Paul begins his discussion on suffering by beginning with faith in Jesus Christ & the grace that he provides.
How does faith in Christ & his story change the way you view moments of suffering?
How do you think our experiences in those moments can bring glory to God?
One of the most powerful parts of this section of Scripture is Paul’s description of how suffering can lead us to find glory in our sufferings. He argues that we can engage suffering in a way that lets us find perseverance, character, & eventually new hope.
Have you ever experienced a struggle or suffering that you feel helped you persevere? What happened? How did it help you grow?
What is the relationship between perseverance & character?
At the end, Paul lands by connecting character & hope. What do you think it means to have a character that is defined & grounded in hope?
One of the places that Paul finds hope is that God revealed His character by sacrificing Himself for people & loving people who weren’t perfect or righteous yet, but instead powerless in their brokenness.
What role does being powerless in suffering play in growing in our ability to persevere, develop Christlike character, & learn to hope?
More deeply, how does feeling powerless lead someone to surrender & let God shape them? Have you ever had an experience like that in your own life? Did you learn to hope & trust God more deeply after?
Getting Out of the Hole
Take time this week to reflect on times in your life when you experienced suffering, pain, or loss. Think back through that time, & how you’ve changed since, & try to identify moments where it helped you grow in your perseverance, character, or ability to hope.
Challenge yourself to lean into a worldview of hope a little more this week.
The Signature of Jesus by Brennan Manning
Surprised by Hope by NT Wright
The Immortal Diamond by Richard Rohr
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Sunday, May 5: Join us as we continue our series Y/OUR STORY! We will be walking through what it means to live out the story of Mission in our world.
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