Thanksgiving – Hope is a Habit


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

Discussion Questions:

  1. 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)?
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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).