Where's the Hope?

Updated: Nov 20, 2018

Here's an at-home bible study to do with your household or friends.


Hope is something we desire to have happen or we put our hope in someone we expect to do something.


1. What do you hope for? Name your nonreligious hopes, like for a new bike or a day off. What do these hopes say about your values?


2. Read 1 Timothy 1:1. What does it mean for Christ to be our hope? What do we expect Christ to do?


3. Read some passages describing our hope: Acts 23:6, Romans 5:2, Galatians 5:5, Colossians 1:27, Titus 3:7. What does the Bible tell us about hope?


4. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:8. Paul describes our hope as a helmet, something that protects our heads. How does hope protect you?


5. Read 1 Peter 1:3. Peter says our hope is a “living hope”. What does this mean? How is your hope alive?


6. Read Colossians 1:4-5, 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3, and 1 Corinthians 13:13. Paul often groups faith, love, and hope. How do you think faith and love relate to hope?


Bonus

In the animated movie "Coco", there's a conversation about living memories in the scene called "Final Death" (below is the transcript). In this scene, there's a difference between remembering someone factually (like remembering a historical figure) and a living memory. Based on 1 Peter 1:3, what might that tell us about living hope?


Hector: When there's no one left in the living world who remembers you, you disappear from this world. We call it the Final Death.

Miguel: But I've met him! I could remember him when I go back.

Hector: No. It doesn't work like that, chamaco. Our memories, they have to be passed down by those who knew us in life - in the stories they tell about us.

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