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Hope

Dr. Tim Mackie
In this week's Bible Study, we consider the meaning of biblical hope.

In this week’s Bible Study, we are reflecting on hope. Biblical hope is different from optimism, enduring even in the most difficult of circumstances. While optimism is based on the belief that things will work out for the best, biblical hope is based on God’s unchanging character and promises. Listen to the recording below and interact with the following discussion questions to learn more. If you find this study to be encouraging, tell us on social media using the hashtag #BibleProjectAdvent. We’d love to hear from you.

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Listen to a short message from Tim on the biblical meaning of hope. You can listen to this on your own or with a group. If you are leading a small group or family, feel free to listen to the message and contextualize it for your needs.
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Tim's Message on Hope
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Video Question
How did the video help you better understand the meaning of biblical hope?

Message Question
How did Tim’s message challenge or encourage you today?

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Read:

In Psalm 62, David is surrounded by murderous enemies. Though he had little reason to cling to hope, David still was able to say, “My hope comes from God.” David, like many other people in the Bible, faced difficult times with no evidence that things would get better, but they chose hope anyway.

Question 1:

What problem was David up against, and how did he respond? What problems are you facing today? How will you respond?

Question 2:

Notice how David repeated the word “only.” What do you think the significance of that is? What other things do people tend to put their hope in besides God (see 62:9-10)?

Question 3:

Review verse 11-12. What do you think would change in your life if you believed this without any doubts? How do the truths in verses 11-12 help you put your hope in God?

Question 4:

Review verse 8. Take some time now to pour out your heart before God. Tell him everything that’s weighing you down and trust him with every detail. He hears you.

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