Verses:

Matthew 1:17-23 / Isaiah 35 / 1 Peter 1:3 / Romans 5:1-5

Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you define “hope”? How is hope different from “wishful thinking”?

  2. What people, experiences, things, etc. do you knowingly &/or unknowingly put your hope in?

  3. What effect could placing your hope in yourself (your efforts, “goodness”, performance, etc.) have on you? What effect would it have on your relationship with God & with others around you?

  4. What effects can misunderstanding & misplacing have in your life? Are there examples of this?

  5. Read Romans 5:1-5 & 1 Peter 1:3. How do these passages help develop a fuller understanding & experience of hope?

  6. What do you think it looks like for you to find/put your hope in Jesus in a tangible way?

  7. Why/how does putting your hope in Jesus set you free?

  8. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world in everyday life?