Throughout the Anchored: We Have this Hope sermon series, we will explore what it means to find, cultivate, and hold on to Biblical hope no matter what the circumstances are swirling around us. Each week, the study guide will start with warm-up questions designed to help your group focus on the concept of hope. The next section will include various types of questions to help your group dive into the themes and Scripture passages from this week’s sermon. Then we’ll wrap up by discussing how to apply what you’ve learned from the Scripture passages to real life. For more info and ideas on leading your group, visit our sermon series resource page.
Be sure to encourage your group to check out Daily Steps, Cornerstone's companion devotional guide — a resource to help people spend one-on-one time with God throughout the week using daily readings related to this sermon series on Biblical hope.
STUDY SERIES FOCUS
How does a deeper understanding of Biblical hope change our perspective and our actions as we navigate through the waves of uncertainty that we have experienced in 2020?
- On a scale of 1-5, with 1 being not at all and 5 being absolute, how hopeful do you feel right now? What is encouraging to you? What is bringing you down? What is breaking your heart?
- Do you ever find yourself working hard to stay positive? Are you able to make yourself positive?
- What are the benefits of working to stay positive? What are the drawbacks?
This week we encourage you to dig deep into scripture to better understand the relationship between trials and a deep sense of Biblical hope. Using the following passages, answer the following questions. (Not all of the questions will apply to each passage, so feel free to focus on the questions that speak most deeply to you.) Your group can divide the passages among group members or you can select 2-3 to explore as a whole group. Do whatever you feel is best for your group! You may want to ask for a volunteer to take notes and compile the thoughts and ideas that are shared during your discussion.
- What does this passage teach you about the way hope can coexist with honest emotions?
- What does this passage teach you about the way hope is separate from our mood or state of mind?
- What does this passage teach you about the kind of hope God provides?
- What does this passage show us about the difference between hope and positivity?
Pastor Becky said that “Hope isn’t believing that things aren’t as bad as they seem. It’s believing that God is as good as he says.”
- Right now, do you find it easy or difficult to believe that God is good? Is it difficult to reconcile the reality of your circumstances with the truth that God is good?
- Compare the afflictions that Jeremiah describes in Lamentations 3:1-20 to his description of the goodness of God in Lamentations 3:21-26. Notice verse 21. How does Jeremiah reconcile his experiences with the goodness of God?
- Which truth from Lamentations 3:21-26 can you take with you into the week when you feel deprived, broken, or in despair?
In her sermon, Pastor Becky also said that God fixes the “problem beneath the problems.” In other words, God always desires to fix our problems at their root, not necessarily to alleviate the symptoms they produce. He will one day bring His plan of restoration to full completion in the world through His transformative work in our lives.
- Read Romans 3:23-26. According to this verse, what is the “problem beneath the problems?”
- What does this passage teach us about the root of all problems?
- How does knowing that God has fixed our fundamental problem help us navigate the difficulties of our current circumstances?
At the end of the sermon, Pastor Becky encouraged us to be honest with God, honest with one another, and to intentionally recall the goodness of God in moments of despair.
- How can you do that this week? Do you need to schedule a time with God to lament?
- Do you need to reach out to a friend and share your honest heart about what you are walking through?
- What verses spoke to you in this discussion that can anchor you to God’s hope through this coming week?
TAKE YOUR NEXT STEP
Grow closer to Jesus each day and explore what it means to experience Biblical hope.
Spend Time Alone with God
Daily Steps is a weekly devotional message designed as a companion to this sermon study guide. You will be guided as you spend time with God through personal reflection, Scripture readings, and prayer prompts.
DAILY STEPS - ANCHORED - WEEK 3
Watch CF Beyond Sunday this Monday!
After each sermon, our pastors and various church leaders sit down for about 20 minutes to have a lively discussion about the weekend's topic. It will be posted on YouTube and the church website on Monday night, July 20!