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"False Hope" by Pastor Tony

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Thriving in Babylon  Sermon Series
“False Hope” by Pastor Tony
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October 13, 2019
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Below are some discussion questions relating to a recent sermon. These are provided so that your Life Group can discuss what was shared. Previous Weeks’ Discussion Guides and Sermon Notes are available through the Sermons under the Resources menu. Click on the sermon series and then the sermon you are interested in.  You will see a paper icon under the sermon title. Click the icon to open the sermon notes. To listen to the sermon, click on the speaker icon.

Context 

Last week/Series Summary:  Our series is called “Thriving in Babylon” and our focus is on how we can live for God, even when the culture around us denies Him and belittles/persecutes those who follow him. The life of Daniel is important because he represents a godly example of one who influenced pagan Kings.  His deep faith enabled him to thrive in a challenging culture!  Last Sunday, Pastor Tony exposed the stuff that kills our hope from Daniel 2:8-11 and Daniel 3:8-12. 

This week:  Many of us look to culture and heritage for hope, depending on who we are, how much we have, what we do, and who we know to provide hope.  Today, Pastor Tony examines the text to discover why this was not the case in Daniel’s life and helps us discover from where lasting hope (hope that does not change due to circumstances) comes. 

Sermon Texts:  Daniel 6:10-16;  Daniel 12:1-13;  1 Timothy 3:15, 4:7-16              

Discussion Questions:  

Spend a few moments re-capping the sermon.  What thought, concept, text, or phrase impressed you? How will this make a difference in your spiritual journey? 

  1. To which of the common (false) hopes do you find yourself drawn? Why? Why don’t they provide lasting hope?
  • Heritage and status?
  • Resources: money, skills, intellect?
  • Political movements?
  • New ideas, new social movements, new social media platforms?
  • Powerful and influential people? 
  1. How can misplaced hope lead us to a spiritually ineffective life?

  2. It is normal to elevate our prayer life when we struggle? However, how does a consistent prayer life (Daniel’s example) allow us to participate in God’s lasting hope in the sometimes “foggy present”? 

Each one of us are surrounded by people in our relational world, our Oikos, who are watching our responses to situations every day.   

  1. When we face life’s challenges, how do we show a balance of godly hope and a realistically human perspective to impact those who are not yet believers?

  2. How do you hold strong to doctrine and truth in today’s culture, and also show compassion, mercy, and grace to your unchurched oikos?

Help for maintaining godly hope (discuss what this means):

  1. Commit to a church as a pillar for truth. (1 Timothy 3:15)
  2. Commit to a church that faithfully teaches the Word of God, which is our source of truth. (1 Timothy 4: 7,13)
  3. Commit to pursuing personal spiritual training. (1 Timothy 4:7b-8)
  4. Regularly remember God’s faithful and loving provision of salvation, putting your hope in The Living God who saves you. (1 Timothy 4:10)

Digging Deeper

  1. Can we identify any parallels to the life of Christ in the ways that the officials of his day attempted to entrap Jesus?
  2. How must we apply 1 Timothy 4:16 to the church today?
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“Hope Killers” by Pastor Tony

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Group Discussion Guide

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Thriving in Babylon  Sermon Series
“Hope Killers” by Pastor Tony
Leaders, please choose the best question(s) for your group

October 6, 2019
If you have questions, contact Pastor Ric,

Below are some discussion questions relating to a recent sermon. These are provided so that your Life Group can discuss what was shared. Previous Weeks’ Discussion Guides and Sermon Notes are available through the Sermons under the Resources menu. Click on the sermon series and then the sermon you are interested in.  You will see a paper icon under the sermon title. Click the icon to open the sermon notes. To listen to the sermon, click on the speaker icon.

Context 

Last week/Series Summary:  Good friends of our hero Daniel, (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) because of their commitment to God, faced death by firey furnace and turned it into a hymn sing! The result of their hope, demonstration of Faith and God’s protection was that the evil King Nebucadnezzar, for the first time, acknowledged Daniel’s God as the, “Most High God!” Incredible heroes of the Faith in their own right, these servants of The Most High God did not waiver from what he had called them to be.  Our series is called “Thriving in Babylon” and the over-all focus is on how we can live for God even when the culture around us denies Him and belittles/persecutes those who follow him.

This week:  Anxiety and depression are common, even among Christ-followers today. Why is this such a problem for so many? Lack of hope is a huge contributory factor to our struggles.  What really kills our hope?  From our study in 1 Corinthians and Daniel this morning, Pastor Tony exposed and revealed the stuff that kills our hope.  He then concluded with the characteristics that mark a hopeful follower of Jesus.

Sermon Texts:  1 Corinthians 1:18-25;  Daniel 2:8-11, 27-28;  Daniel 3:8-12;                   

 

Discussion Questions:

Spend a few moments re-capping the sermon.  What thought, concept, text, or phrase impressed you? How will this make a difference in your spiritual journey?

  1. As a group, take a little poll and try to come to a consensus of your top two or three “hope killers”. What are they? Why are they such a problem? How can they be defeated?

  2. What should the proper understanding of “fear” be in our culture? How can this lead us to real hope?

  3. How hard is it for me to take a stand when the culture pressures us to bend? What specific cultural issues should I be taking a stand against? 

Each one of us are surrounded by people in our relational world, our Oikos, who are watching our responses to situations every day.   

  1. Could an honest discussion of “hope killers” (when we have our moments of doubt) lead to a spiritual conversation which moves those in our oikos closer to a personal relationship with Jesus? How might this happen?

  2. If called upon, would I be willing to give up my life for God? (Philippians 1:21)

  3. If someone in your oikos is currently struggling under a Hope Killer, how can you be of an encouragement to this person? What prayerful response can you provide in service to this person? 

The Marks of a Hopeful Person:

  1. Standing when others bend. (Daniel 3:12)
  2. Worship is exclusive to God. (Daniel 3:12)
  3. Unquestioned trust in God. (Daniel 3:17-18)
  4. Willing to give up your life for God. (Daniel 3:28a)
  5. Serve one God only. (Daniel 3:28b)

 

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