Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hope is More Than Wishful Thinking (Acts 28)

What is something you hope to accomplish in the next year?

What is the next great milestone in life you are hoping to reach?

Who is someone you hope will come to your aid when you are in trouble?

Why is hope a good thing? When can hope be a bad thing?

Read Acts 28:11-20.

What do you think Paul meant when he said, "It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain."? What do you think is the "hope of Israel"?

Read Jeremiah 14:7-9. What did Jeremiah hope the LORD would do for Israel?

Paul believed that Jesus fulfilled God's promises to Israel, and was therefore the fulfillment of the "Hope of Israel."

How does Jesus life, death, and resurrection give us hope for the future? How should our future hope impact the way we live today?

What is going on right now that causes you to lose hope? To what part of your life do you need to apply the future hope provided by Jesus?

How can the members of this group help to restore your hope?

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