The Point: When we come to Jesus in faith, we find hope.
Get Into the Study
Faith in Jesus is believing the truth of Jesus, which leads to hope. Use the following illustration to introduce the idea of truth:
Many people will roll their eyes and quip, “I found it on the internet, so it must be true.” In fact, there’s a popular meme showing a picture of Abraham Lincoln with the quote: “The problem with internet quotes is you can’t always depend on their accuracy– Abraham Lincoln, 1864.”
Nonetheless, the internet is still a go-to source for information. Even Wikipedia is becoming more scholastic. For example, the Wiki Education Foundation is currently partnering with teachers to help them assign Wikipedia articles instead of papers. Rather than writing a research paper for their teachers to read, the students write Wikipedia articles to be published on the site. As a crowd-sourced site, Wikipedia relies on article contributions from users. Currently boasting 40 million articles in 250 different languages, Wikipedia is a first stop in many searches for information.
Like all human sources of information, though, there is room for error. Often the answer to a question is, “let me google that,” or “Siri, what is…” or “Alexa, how do I….” Unfortunately, all of these methods rely on the internet for your answer. For your truth.
Ask your group:
- What kinds of confusion and stress can result from using questionable information sources?
- What happens when you lose confidence in your source for information?
Use this time to point toward the confidence we have in the truths of the Bible and the hope we find in this confidence.
— Nikki Wilbanks is a stay-at- home mom, writer, Bible study leader, and commercial real estate appraiser/investor. She lives with her husband and two children in Murfreesboro, TN.
Get Into the Study [Video]
As you ask the opening icebreaker question, show the two-minute video “50 Famous Parental Sayings” by Andy Andrews. Use the video before the question to prompt the group or play it as follow-up to the question. [This idea supports the group plan in Bible Studies for Life: KJV Adult.]
Study the Bible
Use the following information to supplement Question #2.
Begin by sharing the following news story:
Because of severe winter weather that caused a blood shortage in early 2017, the American Red Cross began asking for people to help them replace their blood supply. In January, the Red Cross had to cancel about 300 blood drives across 27 states because of the winter weather. As a result of these cancelled blood drives, the Red Cross missed out on collecting more than 10,500 blood and platelet donations.
Say: It’s easy for us to understand that the Red Cross organization needs to ask for help in keeping the blood supply stocked to meet the demand from patients. But there may be times that we, as individuals, struggle in asking for help.
Then read Question #2 (Is asking for help hard for you? Why or why not?)(PSG p. 29) and invite volunteers to respond to the question.
Information for this post was gleaned from here:
When have you seen the power of hope in a hopeless situation?
What Scripture passage do you go to when you need hope?
When have you been impressed by someone’s trust in God?
How do you typically approach God when you need help?
How does this encounter compare with your own prayers for help?
Why do we sometimes come to Jesus as a last resort?
What can we learn from the way the centurion approached Jesus?
What does it say about our belief when we bring our problems to Jesus?
How did the centurion’s words highlight Jesus’ authority?
What current problem do you need to take to Jesus?
How would you explain Jesus’ authority to someone new to Christianity?
Do you have a hard time having faith like the centurion? Why or why not?
What do you find most striking in these verses?
Which part of today’s passage gives you hope?
What impact has Jesus’ authority made on your life?
Share the following with your group members as either a devotional before the group study or as a follow-up devotional:
Here’s a brief five-minute teaching video about this session: Victory, Session 2