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 has disappointed or surprised you lately?
- How are you coping in this “new normal?” What emotions are you experiencing? Do you find yourself frustrated or angry?
- Do you find yourself positive about the future? Are you feeling skeptical about the future?
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.
- After reading these passages, how would you characterize Joseph’s trust in God?
- What about his trust in God do you find admirable? What do you find inspiring?
- After reading these passages, what truths about God do you think that Joseph unswervingly believes in?
- After reading these passages, how would you explain the source of Joseph’s confidence? How does the confidence and hope in God that Joseph demonstrates enable him to live with resiliency?
- After reading these passages, what do you hear God calling you to do as we navigate the trials of 2020?
At the beginning of his sermon, Pastor Steve Madsen reminded us that the definition of Biblical Hope is “the believer’s confident expectation that God will make things right.”
- At this moment, how certain are you that God will make things right? Do you find yourself doubting this statement? Do you find yourself clinging to this statement?
- As Pastor Steve challenged, “take the temperature of your Biblical hope.” It might be helpful to consider your “Biblical hope temperature” on a scale of 1-3, as low, medium, or high, or by sharing examples of times where your hope is strong and when it is weak.
Pastor Steve said, “The only non-variable in Joseph’s life was God’s abiding presence.”
- Can you see where God is present in your life? Are there ways (either big or small) that you know He’s worked on your behalf?
- Ask God to show you where he has been present and active in your life.
- Ask Him to reveal the moments when He is at work as they are happening so that your awareness of His presence might grow.
“The very foundation of belief itself is the ability to trust the God of now to also be to God of later. We don’t know when and we don’t know how… but still, we know that sometime later, life will be better for those who love the Lord. He will work it out. God’s got this.” This statement from Pastor Steve’s sermon is grounded in Roman’s 8:28, a very well known and often quoted verse. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
- In what way does this truth inspire resilience in the lives of believers?
- How does certainty that “God’s got this” allow us to recover quickly from setbacks?
- How does it help us to be flexible and live with “elasticity” when things don’t go as planned?
Pastor Steve offered several questions that help us refocus our attention on God during this unpredictable time. Consider the questions posed in the sermon and ask God to show you where He wants you to deepen your faith and your Biblical hope in these areas.
- Do you believe that God is present and aware of how much your circumstances have changed lately?
- Does He know what this upcoming fall season looks like for you and for your family?
- Do you believe that He is in control and allowing all of this to happen? What gives you the most assurance that He has a good plan which will override the enemy’s plan?
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 4
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 27!