Let Hope In, Session 4 (Hope Expressed): Additional Questions

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The Point: Gratitude is our response to the hope we have in Christ.

 Icebreaker

  • Do you have an attitude of gratitude? Would others agree with your answer? Why/why not?
  • Who in your life gushes gratitude? How do you change when you are around that person?
  • How do you react when you want something and you don’t get it?
  • How does an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness affect the way that we live and see God working around us?
  • What does a grateful life look like?

 

Psalm 138:1-3

  • How often do you express your gratitude to others? To God? Explain your answers.
  • What do you think it means to praise God “with all your heart”?
  • What are some evidences of God’s love and faithfulness in your life?
  • How often should we thank God for His character and for His Word? Explain your answer.
  • How can you teach your children/grandchildren to be more grateful to God?
  • If you knew that expressing gratitude regularly would help you become stronger in the Lord, would you do it? Explain your answer.
  • When was the last time you saw this kind of love? When was the last time you experienced this kind of love? When was the last time you expressed this kind of love?
  • What are some things you’ve been thankful for at one point but regretted later?
  • When was the last time you found yourself thankful for God? Not for what He did for you, but just for Him?
  • Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to do one thing, but because of your awareness of God’s word, you did something else and it ended up being better?
  • How might expressing our gratitude might actually strengthen our faith?
  • Why does David begin by praising God for who He is and what He has said?
  • Like exercise strengthens the body and study strengthens the mind, how does expressing gratitude strengthen your faith?
  • Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to do one thing, but because of your awareness of God’s word, you did something else and it ended up being better?
  • How might expressing our gratitude actually strengthen our faith?
  • What would our lives be like if we had no hope?
  • Where do you see gratitude in this Psalm?
  • What’s something you’ve been grateful for that was possibly not as good for you as you first thought?
  • What in these three verses is the Psalmist grateful for?
  • What connection does the Psalmist make between the connection of God’s words or statutes?
  • Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to do one thing, but because of your awareness of God’s word, you did something else and it ended up being better?
  • If God already knows we’re grateful why does He call us to express it outwardly?
  • How might expressing our gratitude might actually strengthen our faith?

 

Psalm 138:4-6

  • Can you picture yourself as a king? Why/why not?
  • What are some ways you could serve the poor or sick this week to help you realize that you are a “king” to someone?
  • What are some things you feel entitled to? Do you feel grateful for those things? Why/why not?
  • What do you need to do to change the posture of your heart toward God?
  • In what ways may you be a king even though you may not feel like a king?  Think about your life compared to the poorest of the poor, or the sickest of the sick, or the people in the world in the most pain.
  • How can you become more aware of the intense needs of people around the world so you can more easily praise God for all you have and show compassion to others without?
  • As young adults, where are we tempted to feel entitled to things?  How does this effect what we do at work?  How we see our relationships and how we trust God?
  • Do you agree or disagree with this statement from the PSG:  The reality is that what you feel entitled to you can’t be thankful for.
  • How would you describe your heart towards God in this season of your life? Entitled?  Grateful?  Haughty?  Lowly?
  • In what ways might you be a king? Think about your life compared to the poorest of the poor, the sickest of the sick, or those in the most pain?
  • How might expressing gratitude for what you do have begin to help bitterness and entitlement decrease in your life?
  • Think about when have you needed a hand and someone showed up to help — how did you feel?
  • What are some things that you’ve become bitter about?
  • How might expressing gratitude for what you do have help bitterness and entitlement begin to decrease in your life?
  • What kind of response does David encourage Kings to give in light of who God is?
  • In what ways may you be a king even though you may not feel like a king
  • Who does it say God does to those who are lowly?
  • What difficult times are you going through right now in your life?
  • How might you be experiencing the kindness of God even in the midst of your “lowly” situation?

Psalm 138:7-8

  • What troubles are you walking through right now? How is God protecting you?
  • How has God equipped you to face the obstacles in life?
  • How have your equipped your children/grandchildren to face the obstacles of life?
  • Why is it vital for us to equip our children/grandchildren to face the obstacles of life?
  • How would you describe the way you praise God? Naturally? Seldom? Begrudgingly? Willingly? How would you like to praise Him?
  • What are some of the internal enemies you battle?
  • To whom can you show gratitude today before you leave church?
  • How might expressing gratitude for what you do have help bitterness and entitlement begin to decrease in your life?
  • What are 3 things you regularly complain about that you should be expressing gratitude for?
  • Must we belittle or demean ourselves in order to be lowly? How, then, might we make ourselves more lowly in our own eyes?
  • How would you describe your heart towards God in this season of your life?  Entitled? Grateful?  Haughty?  Lowly?
  • What are some ways you have protected people around you? How might you have protected someone without their knowledge or appreciation?
  • What are some ways that, looking back in your life, God has protected you but didn’t realize it at the time?
  • Would you rather God rescue you or equip you? Why? For which are you more likely to thank Him?
  • How might being more aware of the unseen ways that God is protecting us and providing for us change how we feel about God at any given moment?
  • How can grateful living make us more aware of God’s purpose for us?
  • How does realizing that God’s got your back lead you to praise Him and trust Him more?
    What is your next step to both be grateful and express gratitude?
  • What are some ways that, looking back, you can see God was protecting you, you just didn’t realize it at the time?
  • How might God be protecting you or equipping you now?
  • Have you had a time in your life when you did not like what God was doing, but later saw the good in it?
  • How might being more aware of the unseen ways God is protecting us and providing for us change how we feel about Him?
  • What are some of the fears that senior adults face?
  • Where do you feel the “thick of danger” (v. 7) today?
  • How much do you sense God’s protection in your life right now?
  • What does it say that God does in the midst of the trouble of our lives?
  • When you think about being protected, what do you think of?
  • Which type of protection is David writing about in this Psalm?
  • What are some ways that, looking back in your life, God has protected you but didn’t realize it at the time?
  • How might God might be protecting you now that you don’t realize?
  • When was the last time you thanked God for provision that you couldn’t see but knew was there?
  • How might being more aware of the unseen ways that God is protecting us and providing for us change how we feel about God at any given moment?
  • How is Christ the ultimate example of God’s provision and protection for us?
  • What could you do this week that would help you become more grateful for God in those three areas?

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