Main Idea: What would your life look like if hope was a reflex and not just a response?
Introduction: This weekend Hallerin Hilton Hill reminded Promisors that hope is a habit and like most habits is a discipline that requires practice.
Discussion Starter: What’s the difference between a reflex and a response? What is something that causes a strong reaction from you? What is something that causes a strong reflex in you?
Primary Scriptures: Colossians 1:24-27; Ephesians 3:14-20
- Read Colossians 1:24-27. What is the “mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations?” What is God’s plan to reveal this mystery to everyone (and not just His people)?
- Read Ephesians 3:14-20. How can followers of Christ get the strength to build up the reflex of hope? And what will result from exercising the discipline of Hope?
- Hallerin Hilton Hill shared four ways to practice the habit of H.O.P.E. (seek Healing, find Opportunities in the obstacles, make Progress, and give Encouragement). Which of these four practices is a struggle for you? And which practice will you begin this week?
- Practice part of the discipline of Hope as a group — take turns Encouraging one another together. Commit to text or talk with each other through the week and continue practicing the encouraging habit of Hope.
Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.
Take some time to pray over each other in smaller groups and commit to follow-up and connect with each other during a non-group time of serving, sharing a meal, or worshipping and praying together (maybe meet at your campus for First Saturday Prayer Service next Saturday at 9am).