Jason Fullen | 8/13/17
Series: The Community You Can Be
Series Part No: 11
Each morning, we wake up believing a story about the lives we lead. Hope is essential to our lives. Many people struggle through life trying to manufacture hope. For believers, hope is a gift that is received. The gospel is a story that brings hope to everyone and provides a new identity to those that believe. When we live in the story of the gospel with our new identities, the gospel story becomes our story. This results in a community of hope-filled people that has the power to change the whole world.
For further thought and discussion:
- When you think about hope, what comes to mind? Do you think of hope as essential? Why or why not? How do you see people around you searching for hope?
- The gospel offers us eternal hope and the Bible says that God is the author of hope. Read Romans 15:13 and conclude what placing hope in God can produce in you.
- In this series, we are looking closely at the greater community of believers and the unifying strength we can have when we live in authentic community. As a reminder, Galatians 5:6 says "the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love." This week we see that faith and love originate from a single source. Read Colossians 1:3-6 and identify the source.
- Paul explains the hope of the gospel to the Colossians in story form. He shares with them the grand, true story of the transforming power of the gospel. How have you seen the gospel transform someone's life? Read Colossians 2:12. What power is used to transform people?
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" This verse describes the transformation in terms of identity. The person who places their faith in Christ is fundamentally changed. People cultivate their identities from many sources. Discuss some of these sources and the problems that come from not basing our identities in Christ.
- When believers place their faith in Christ, the gospel story transforms them by God's resurrection power. The gospel story of hope becomes our story of hope. How does Colossians 3:3 describe where we will find our life?
- What differences can the hope-filled community make when they operate from the same power that raised Jesus from the grave? Read Romans 12:10-18 for a detailed description of the hopeful community in action.
- This Is Living by Aodhan King and Joel Davies
- Tremble by Andres Figueroa, Hank Bentley, Mariah McManus, and Mia Fieldes
- Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Matt Crocker, Joel Houston, and Salomon Ligthelm
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