Let Hope In, Session 6 (Hope Shared): Additional Questions

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The Point: When we have found hope in Christ, we get to share it with others. 

Icebreaker

  • When have you seen what seemed to be a hopeless situation change for the better?
  • When you have good news, who do you tell first?
  • What skill, ability, or knowledge have you passed on to others? How did that experience change you?
  • Which is easier for you, to share your faith with words or with consistent Godly living?
  • Think about something you were recently excited to learn. Maybe a book you love is becoming a movie. Maybe you found out Starbucks was giving away free coffee for a day. Maybe you found a great new store. How many people did you tell about your discovery?

Acts 3:1-4

  • What are examples of the kinds of hopelessness some seniors experience?
  • Why is it often difficult to see the need for hope in the lives of others?
  • When was the last time God brought you an opportunity to love and serve someone? Did you recognize it and have the courage to step into it? Why or why not?
  • Who might you be overlooking as someone in need because you see them every day?
  • Do you believe that it is important to actually look someone in the eye to communicate? Explain your answer.
  • If you feel someone’s motives are not right, do you hesitate to help them? Why/why not?
  • When was the last time you came face-to-face with an opportunity to share the hope of Christ—not in church or a ministry time—but as you were going about your everyday life?
  • What would we need to do to be more aware of the opportunities God brings to us?
  • What are some other excuses we tell ourselves for not giving hope to those who need it? How valid are those excuses?
  • Who needs you to stop and look at them this week?
  • What can we do on a day-to-day basis to see the needs of others?
  • How can we use social media to “look at people” and become aware of the needs of others and our opportunities to help and encourage others?
  • Do you agree or disagree with this statement from the PSG:  “It’s not up to us to discern the motives of those who want our help.  It’s up to us to help.”
  • What is the difference between a “needy person” and a person with needs?
  • What would we need to do to be more aware of the opportunities God brings to us?
  • What excuses do we use to overlook the needs of others?
  • After reading the passage why do you think most people would have ignored the man who couldn’t walk?
  • In what ways might we be overlooking the needs of others for the same reason?
  • How has your hope in Christ helped you with any of the above?
  • How might someone else hoping in Christ help them with any of the above?
  • What is your favorite way to spend time with people so you can “see” them?

Acts 3:5-8

  • In what ways do Peter and John show courage in their encounter with the man who couldn’t walk?
  • What excuse could Peter and John have given to not help the man?
  • What are some obstacles or excuses we might give that keep us from stepping out in courage to invest in and offer hope to others?
  • Why do people often focus on the immediate gratification of their need instead of long-term help?
  • What are some things you have to offer to someone in need?
  • Recall a time when you did not have courage to serve someone. Recall a time when you did have courage. Share one of them.
  • What is it that we don’t have that often times keeps us back from offering hope to others?
  • In what ways might the excuses or obstacles for us become opportunities to serve and offer hope?
  • As we offer hope to others, how can we give them what they need even if we can’t give them what they want?
  • What are some practical ways that we can offer the love and hope of Christ to others?
  • Do we ever not experience the hope of God because what we ask for and what He’s able to do are miles apart?
  • What is it that we don’t have that oftentimes keeps us back from offering hope to others?
  • In what ways might the excuses or obstacles for us become opportunities to serve and offer hope?
  • What are some things you feel like you don’t have enough of in your life?  How might this keep you from offering the things that you do have?
  • Who do you feel like God has placed in your life?  Who might be needing something that you have to give?

Acts 3:9-10

  • Peter and John healed in Jesus’ name.  How can we meet the needs of others in such a way that it clearly points them to God?
  • Why do you think Peter and John helped the lame man?
  • What happened after Peter and John healed the man?
  • How was the impact that Peter and John had greater than maybe they first anticipated?
  • How have you been a vessel of God’s grace to others?
  • Who do you need to offer a “right hand” of hope? When will you do that?
  • How do you point others to Jesus when you help them?
  • When did you see the ripple effect when someone helped you?
  • How can you leave your descendants a legacy of hope?
  • Why do we help people?  For them?  For ourselves?
  • When was the last time you helped someone, hoping primarily for God’s glory?
  • When has been a time when you helped someone and it had bigger consequences than what you had originally anticipated?
  • How have you witnessed the “ripple effect” by helping others in a small way and seeing it impact them and you and a big way?
  • Finish the sentence, “For me to notice and meet the needs of others, I need to…”
  • Why do we help people? for them? for ourselves?
  • When have you helped someone and it had a greater impact than what you originally thought?
  • What choices have other people made that have positively impacted your life years, decades, or even generations later?
  • What choices have other people made that have positively impacted your life years, decades or even generations later?
  • How does Ephesians 1:18-19a speak to this truth of the hope that is in Christ? How can you allow this verse to be truth in your life?
  • What choices have other people made that have positively impacted your life years, decades or even generations later?

 


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