1. If you heard this week’s message, what were the big ideas?
2. What’s the best “medicine” for you when you get discouraged or down in the dumps?
(This week’s video is a music video that can give some insights to today’s topic)
Hope in Front of Me
1. Discuss your observations about the video – thoughts, feelings, etc. How does this video reflect our theme of the church as a house for the hurting?
2. Our “Heart for the House” series looks at what kind of house we’re building for God. This week we’re considering how to make our church a House of Hope for hurting people. To start, let’s review some history about God’s house, starting with King David
Read 2 Samuel 7:1-2. How does the idea to build a house for God come about?
Now read 1 Chronicles 28:2-3, 9-12. What will it take to build the temple?
It took Solomon 7 years to build the temple. Read about its dedication: 2 Chronicles 6:1-2, 18-21, and 7:1-3. What attitudes do you see expressed in these verses? What words still apply to church today?
3. Read Ephesians 2:8-10, and 19-22. Today, because of Jesus, who are we? What is different about the temple today?
4. What are some ways people can feel hopeless physically, emotionally, or even spiritually?
5. We want to be a church that’s a House of Hope for people in the communities around us. In Matthew 9:35-36 what example does Jesus give us in considering the people around us? What might be some of the dangers for a sheep without a shepherd?
6. Matthew 10:42 (The Message) says, “This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance.” What do you think about this “large work” we’ve been called to?
CHECK THE MIRRORS
1. Are there people who you know that are struggling, possibly feeling hopeless? What’s one simple thing you could do that might be a “cool cup of water” for them?
2. Are you feeling discouraged or hopeless about something that the group can pray for?
3. Pray for other connection groups doing this study, and the people of Eastside, asking God to open our eyes and our hearts to the needs of hurting people around us.
Optional Expanded Discussion
(For those who want to go deeper)
Hebrews 10:1-22. Discuss the need for sacrifice in the first temple, Jesus as sacrifice, and our new confidence in entering “the most Holy place” today.
The story of the Good Samaritan is preceded by a conversation Jesus had with a religious leader (Luke 10:25-29). What questions was he really asking, and why? How did the parable answer him?
It’s easy to understand how we get hurt physically and emotionally. But how are people spiritually hurt by God? By the church?