Weekly Reading for December 10 – 16
Preparing for Next Week’s Message
Sermon Series: Behold
Sermon Title: Behold the Gift and the Giver
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on December 17, 2017:
- SUNDAY: Matthew 1-2,
- MONDAY: Luke 1,
- TUESDAY: Luke 2,
- WEDNESDAY: John 19,
- THURSDAY: James 1,
- FRIDAY: Romans 3,
- SATURDAY: Romans 5-6,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Behold
Sermon Title: Behold the Hope You Long For
Delivered On: December 10, 2017
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Memorize and Reflect
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. ([bible]Psalm 42:11[/bible])
Ask God to remind you of the hope that was born in Bethlehem’s manger. Thank God for all of the hope He offers through faith in Jesus. Confess where you are putting hope in things that can let you down at any time and ask the Holy Spirit to help you place more trust in Jesus and less in the things of this world.
“Live It!” Challenge
Unshakable Hope Make a list of ten things God promises through faith in Jesus and declare these as unshakable sources of hope. When you are feeling hopeless, read this list and get your heart focused on the things that God promises and not the temporary things of the world.
Small Group Discussion
What are some of the things we put our hope in that can let us down? Why do we place so much hope in these things (and even people)?
Tell about a time you put a lot of hope in a thing, person, or situation, and were really let down. How could you have been wiser in this situation and not have put so much hope in something/someone?
What are some of the things God promises (that you have already received) that He says we can put our hope in? Why are these worthy of hope (confident expectation)?
Read: Romans 8:22-25 What are some of the things you have not yet received that God promises and assures you that you should hope for?
How are you doing in the “waiting patiently” department as you hope for these things?
Read: Psalm 42 How do you see the journey of struggle and heartache right alongside of confidence and hope in this Psalm? How do you experience both of these as you follow Jesus through this life?
Read: Luke 2:25-38 How do you see examples of real and enduring hope as you look at Simeon and Anna? What surprises or impresses you about these two godly people?
How can the examples of Simeon and Anna help you as you await what God has promised you?
How can your group members pray for you and support you as you hold to the hope of Jesus in the challenging times of your life?