WEEK 4: MARCH 20-26
Raised for Hope
Jesus seems to have arrived too late to help his friend Lazarus and the despair of the witnesses is palpable in this story from the Gospel of John. In a state of hopelessness, Jesus brings the hope of Resurrection, the hope of eternal life, of that which can never be taken away. How does the hope of Resurrection encourage you? This week hear from some of our members who have found hope that surpasses illness, difficult circumstances, and hope that drastically changes who we are as Christians.
Read John 11:17-27 and spend time in prayer.
To be used in Sunday School/small group discussion March 26:
The story of Lazarus is a well-known Resurrection story that reminds us of the hope we have in Jesus Christ. The devotionals from this week are beautiful stories of hope and I know there are many examples of God’s hope in our community. Oasis ministry exists to reach the orphans and children in need in our area, and to love on all the parents that are already on this difficult journey…sound like hope? Kairos is going into a prison to tell the incarcerated that they too can receive the love of Christ and in fact we want you to be part of our family….sound like hope? Journey groups, support groups, 12 step groups, and countless others are established in this community to remind the world that we worship the God of hope.
Hope is called the anchor of the soul (Hebrews 6:19), because it gives stability to the Christian life. But hope is not simply a ‘wish’ (I wish that such-and-such would take place); rather, it is that which latches on to the certainty of the promises of the future that God has made.” – R.C. Sproul
What stood out this week from your devotionals?
How does John 11:17-27 challenge your thoughts of generosity?
Can a community bring hope into the world without generosity? How are the two linked?
Where else do you see the hope of Christ being reflected at KUMC?