Title: Your Reason for Hope
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
Explanation: Your story matters…it is important. So important that it needs to be shared. How many times have you been inspired, motivated, energized, refreshed, or given new hope because you heard some else’s story? You may not have run across America or beaten cancer or bravely freed a group of people, but your story is still powerful. It’s powerful because it is a story of a living God who still lives and breathes life into His people. We are a culture in desperate, and I mean desperate, need of hope.
Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (emphasis added). This is the God we get to serve every day. A God who wants to fill us with hope…and not just any hope, but an abounding hope. Why? It’s partly for our own perseverance as we walk in this life, but also to share our hope with others. Your story of redemption in Christ can be shared with anyone, but one of the best places to share it is in a group of people who are all striving together to connect and grow in Christ. At The Tree, we call these Connect Groups. If you are not part of a group, now is the time, because there is someone out there who needs to hear your story, and there is someone out there who needs to share their story with you. Together, you can mutually edify one another, and this is precisely how God designed the body to operate. Get connected…the health of the body is in desperate need of it.
- How has someone else’s story given you hope before?
- How can your story give hope to someone else?
- Why is it important for you to be in a group of individuals who mutually edify one another?
- Why do you need to give your reason for the hope you have with gentleness and respect?
- What would it look like to not do it with gentleness and respect?