14 Feb Discussion Guide: What About Week 2
Before We Get Started
For our discussion today we will be using the sermon series discussion guides. If you would like to follow along you can access this discussion guide on the website at mosaicchurchaustin.com and then select “community group resources” in the menu options.
Because the main goal of our time together is to establish relationships and learn how to walk with one another in all that God has called us to be and do, we’d like to begin by praying for one another. So, does anyone have anything you’d like us to pray for, or anything to share regarding how you’ve seen God moving in your life that we can celebrate together.
This Week’s Topic
This week we continue a new series titled What About? We will be taking a look at emotional, cultural, and rational reasons for not only why we can believe the claims of Christianity, but also why would should want to believe those claims to be true.
Hope that Transforms Every Moment
What is something you are currently, or have been in the past, hopeful for?
“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
How does hope shape us and affect our view of the world?
What affect might hopelessness have on a culture or society?
“I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be counted. I said in my heart, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my heart has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” And I applied my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind. For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.”
What are some things people in our culture put their Hope in? Why?
Have you ever gotten the thing you really hoped for, only to have it leave you feeling empty and discontent? If so, would you mind telling us about it?
What is the inherent problem with putting your ultimate hope in material, temporary, things?
If hoping in material, temporal things tends to lead to frustration, despair, and hopelessness, does that mean hope is a bad thing and we should just detach from hoping in anything at all? Why, or why not?
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
“The Christian says, ‘Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or to be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that country and to help others to do the same.”
According to Lewis, what does the presence of desire and hope in our hearts prove?
That thing that you have, or still do, desire most…what might that desire be pointing you towards?
If Jesus really is God come in the flesh, and if He really did live, die, and rise again out His love for you and HIs desire for you to spend eternity with Him and with one another, how might that provide the ultimate satisfaction to the longing of your heart?
If that is true, how would that affect the way you see the world today, the things you hope for most?