BIG IDEA: This week starts our celebration of Advent. This is the season that we get to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our savior, and look forward to his second coming. Remembering all the while that this is God’s purpose and He will fulfill all of His promises. In Genesis 15 our God took an oath, to bless all the heirs of Abraham. However this blessing didn’t just fall to Abraham’s linage but to all of us who have set our hope and faith in Jesus. Through Jesus and Jesus alone, we can have hope (elpis) – a joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation. This is hope with certainty in a world filled with uncertain and empty hopes (wishful thinking). So where is your hope?
Hebrews 6:11-20 11 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. 13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,14 saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” 15 And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.16 For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. 17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
1. Was there anything from Sunday’s Sermon or the Big Idea that had an affect on you? What questions do you have about the sermon or the Scripture?
2. What stands out to you in the Scriptures from Sunday and why? *See Scripture tab above
3. Please share how this hope in Jesus changed/changes your life.
4. Discuss ways that we might share this hope in our community’s.
5. Spend some time praying for one another.
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