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Nov 10, 2019
“Default to Truth and Trust”
Luke 12:1-12
 
Q1:  Describe a situation when you’ve misjudged someone’s intentions for the positive or negative. Why do you think we are inherently bad at determining if someone is telling the truth or telling a lie? Why can it be hard to really spot a hypocrite? Q2:  Do you think we have a “default to truth” when it comes to relationships? Why do you think hypocrisy is so universally reprehensible to us?   Q3: What are some areas where fear tends to get a hold on you? How can the reasons given in this passage and sermon encourage us to actually not fear?    Q4: How is a default to truth and a default to trust connected? Or are they? Q5: What can we learn from Paul’s testimony and Peter’s life testimony that can give us context to this supposed unforgivable sin or line we must not cross? Check out Paul’s testimony in 1 Tim. 1:16 and Peter’s testimony Luke 22:31-34.
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  • Nov 10, 2019“Default to Truth and Trust”
    Nov 10, 2019
    “Default to Truth and Trust”
    Luke 12:1-12
     
    Q1:  Describe a situation when you’ve misjudged someone’s intentions for the positive or negative. Why do you think we are inherently bad at determining if someone is telling the truth or telling a lie? Why can it be hard to really spot a hypocrite? Q2:  Do you think we have a “default to truth” when it comes to relationships? Why do you think hypocrisy is so universally reprehensible to us?   Q3: What are some areas where fear tends to get a hold on you? How can the reasons given in this passage and sermon encourage us to actually not fear?    Q4: How is a default to truth and a default to trust connected? Or are they? Q5: What can we learn from Paul’s testimony and Peter’s life testimony that can give us context to this supposed unforgivable sin or line we must not cross? Check out Paul’s testimony in 1 Tim. 1:16 and Peter’s testimony Luke 22:31-34.
  • Nov 3, 2019“Vision Changes Everything”
    Nov 3, 2019
    “Vision Changes Everything”
    Luke 11:29-54 
    HOPE SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS 
    Q1: If "Vision changes everything," than how does our vision of the world, humanity and God shape our entire being? (healthy eye vs. bad eye; Luke 11:34) 
    Q2: How can our vision of the world, humanity, and God shape our use or misuse of money? (Notice how Jesus specifically references greed, aims and tithing in Luke 11:40-42) 
    Q3: Compare 1 Peter 2:9-12 and John 3:19-21 with the passage in Luke we discussed today? What do you learn from this? 
    Q4: Which of the Woes Jesus pronounces onto the Pharisees and Lawyers do you think we have the most difficulty with today? Or what are our most obvious "blind spots?" (Luke 11:31-54; Six Woes: Legalism, Fame, Graves, Burdens, Hypocrisy, Hinderance)  
  • Oct 28, 2019“Fight Night: Jesus vs. Satan”
    Oct 28, 2019
    “Fight Night: Jesus vs. Satan”
    Luke 11:14-28
    Hope Small Group Questions 
    Q1: What are the three responses to Jesus' miracle of casting out the demon so surprising? Compare these responses to Jesus' miracle to the responses you find in Luke 11:29, John 12:37, Acts 17:32-34, What do we learn from this? 
    Q2: Let's remind ourselves of the power of Jesus Christ against the powers of darkness. Spiritual forces are real but so is Jesus Christ. Check out: James 4:7, 1 John 4:4. Do you think these powers have anything to do with trials, addictions, and the evil we face? 
    Q3: Read Ephesians 6:10-17. the armor of God to fight in spiritual warfare. Now read verse 18. What is the main way we fight the devil and his demons according to verse 18? 
    Q4: Talk about Luke 11:24-26 and how does it help answer why a "total revolution" is needed in our lives? Why is putting off, renewing, and then putting on so vital? (Ephesians 4:22-24) 
  • Oct 20, 2019“Teach Me to Pray”
    Oct 20, 2019
    “Teach Me to Pray”
    Luke 11:1-13
    Hope Small Group Questions 
    Q1: What I the most challenging  or difficult paper of prayer for you?
    Q2: Review the pattern of prayer, the Lord's Prayer. How can we employ this as a pattern into our daily prayers? 
    Q3: How does the story of the persistent and impudent friend knocking on the door of his neighbor give us insight into what prayer could feel like for us? What is Jesus teaching us in this parable? 
    Q4: Follow the progression of the storyline, lesser to greater: Friend and neighbor relationship, earthly father and earthly son relationship. (11:5-13) What can we glean from this? 
     
    Spend extra time in prayer as a group or break up into smaller groups and pray
     
  • Oct 13, 2019“Sit Down to Bear Fruit”
    Oct 13, 2019
    “Sit Down to Bear Fruit”
    Luke 10:38-42, John 15 
    HOPE SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS 
    Q1: Do you feel or believe that the anxiety and mental health issues are more prevalent in today's society than it was in the past?  Explain why or why not. 
    Q2: What do you think are the main issues and cause of our anxiety and our worry? (outside of medical issues) What was Martha's main issue?  
    Q3: Is Mary "all right" and Martha "all wrong"? Or is it deeper than that? Explain. Look at how Jesus responds to Martha... 
    Q4: What does it mean to abide? How could abiding in the vine actually help remedy our anxiety and our "Martha" mentality of doing or performing? (John 15) 
    Q5: Discuss John 15:2. What does it look like to be pruned? Why might this not actually feel like a means to bear more fruit? Have you experienced this? How could Martha Prune back herself in order to bear more fruit? 
     
    Extra: Why is the title "Sit Down to Bear Fruit"? What does this mean to you? 
  • Oct 6, 2019“Like a Good Neighbor”
    Oct 6, 2019
    “Like a Good Neighbor”
    Luke 10:21-37
    Hope Small Group Questions
    Q1: What do you think "Loving your neighbor as yourself" means? 
    Q2: What is then motive of the lawyer asking the questions? Review the conversation he has with Jesus. 
    Q3: Why do you think Jesus uses a story/parable to answer the lawyer questions? (See Luke 8:9-10 and Luke 10:21) 
    Q4: What does the story of the Good Samaritan expose in the hearts of the questioner? What's Jesus intent in telling the story? 
    Q5: Talk about how we tend to only moralize the story of the Good Samaritan? Talk about what Jesus' endgame is with telling this story and in asking the questions he does at the end? 
    Q6: How do we try to justify our self-righteousness apart from Christ? How do other religions do this? (Luke 10:29) 
  • Sep 29, 2019“Kingdom Come or Kingdom Go”
    Sep 29, 2019
    “Kingdom Come or Kingdom Go”
    Scripture Passages: Luke 9:51-10:24, Isaiah 52:3-17
    Hope Small Group Questions 
    Q1: Do you commit today to be open, honest, and
    loving with one another in your group? What does this
    mean to you and why would this be important for true
    community to exist in your group
    Q2: What is the kingdom of God? Why would it be
    important we understand the kingdom of God?
    Q3: Why could it be challenging for us today in our
    modern society to grasp the concept of a “kingdom”
    and someone ruling and reigning like Jesus proclaims to
    us?
    Q4: Examine the three rejected disciples who did not
    follow Jesus in Luke 9:57-62. What were their excuses
    and what can we learn from these scenarios in our own
    lives?
    Q5: Read Luke 9:2. What does it mean for your group?
    Q6: Now pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to
    send out laborers into his harvest. – Luke 9:2
  • Sep 22, 2019Dan Baumann: Testimony
    Sep 22, 2019
    Dan Baumann: Testimony
    Dan Was locked up in Iran and beaten. His future seemed bleak but God remained faithful. Listen to his story here.
     
    HOPE SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS 
     
    Q1: Do you commit today to be open, honest, and loving with one another in your group? What does this mean to you and why would this be important for true community to exist in your group?
     
    Q2: What challenged you the most from Dan Baumann's message and testimony? Discuss. 
     
    Q3: What stuck out to you from the "Elephant in the Church" series we did this summer? Discuss. 
     
    Q4: Spend special time dedicated to praying for the advance of the gospel and for our missionaries, and for the persecuted Christians around the globe.  (Luke 10:1-3) 
     
    Q5: Spend focused time sharing burdens and prayer requests you may have with one another.  
  • Sep 15, 2019“Holy Spirit, I don’t get it?”
    Sep 15, 2019
    “Holy Spirit, I don’t get it?”
    Acts 1:8, Matt. 28:19-20
  • Sep 8, 2019“Sexuality: Why so Confusing?” Part III
    Sep 8, 2019
    “Sexuality: Why so Confusing?” Part III
    Genesis 1:26-27 
  • Sep 1, 2019“Sexuality: Why so Confusing?” Part II
    Sep 1, 2019
    “Sexuality: Why so Confusing?” Part II
    1Cor. 6:12-20
  • Aug 25, 2019“Sexuality: Why so Confusing?” Part I
    Aug 25, 2019
    “Sexuality: Why so Confusing?” Part I
    1 Corinthians 6:9-11
  • Aug 18, 2019“Marriage: What’s the Point?” Part 2
    Aug 18, 2019
    “Marriage: What’s the Point?” Part 2
    1 Corinthians 7, Ephesians 5, 1 Peter 3
  • Aug 11, 2019“Marriage: What’s the Point?” Part 1
    Aug 11, 2019
    “Marriage: What’s the Point?” Part 1
  • Aug 4, 2019“The Church: Is It Worth It? Part II
    Aug 4, 2019
    “The Church: Is It Worth It? Part II
    Scripture passages: Matt 16:18, 1 Pet. 2:1-10, Acts 2:42
  • Jul 28, 2019“The Church: Is It Worth It?” Part I
    Jul 28, 2019
    “The Church: Is It Worth It?” Part I
    Acts 20:14-38
  • Jul 21, 2019“The Bible Can It Be Trusted?” Part II
    Jul 21, 2019
    “The Bible Can It Be Trusted?” Part II
    Psalm 119: 1-88
  • Jul 14, 2019“The Bible, Can It Be Trusted?” Part I
    Jul 14, 2019
    “The Bible, Can It Be Trusted?” Part I
    2 Timothy 3:16-17 
  • Jul 7, 2019“But There is a God in Heaven”
    Jul 7, 2019
    “But There is a God in Heaven”
    Join  Pastor Ronnie Seppala (visiting from Nicaragua) as he teaches from Daniel Chapter Two. 
  • Jun 30, 2019“Finding Spiritual Life by Following Jesus”
    Jun 30, 2019
    “Finding Spiritual Life by Following Jesus”
    Luke 9:21-51 
    Hope Group Sermon Discussion Questions 
    1. To aid our memory, rehash some major points, illustrations and applications of the sermon. How did God speak to you? 
    2.  Should we listen to Jesus? Why or why not? What evidence and reason do we have to follow him? 
    3. How do you think Luke 9 can be a capstone and climax to our study through the gospel of Luke so far? What do we learn about Jesus, his identity, mission and power, that compels us to follow him from this chapter? 
    4. In what ways do you think Jesus' statements in Luke 9:23-25 are so "counter-cultural" today? 
    5. Discuss the paradoxes of Christianity and following Jesus by comparing Luke 9:23-27 and 9:57-62. What is Jesus teaching us? 
    6. What do you think picking up a cross and following Jesus means for you today?