Saturday, May 26, 2007

Questions About Christian Hope

I am leading a discussion about the Bible and Christian hope this weekend. Here are the questions I have come up with. You might like to consider them as well.

  1. In what way does biblical hope influence the way we relate to the failings of others? What is the overall purpose of hope in these circumstances? (Romans 15:1-7)
  2. How does biblical hope contribute to our understanding and experience of suffering? (Romans 5:1-5)
  3. Why are faith, hope and love so central to Christian experience? Why is hope one of the things that will eventually not exist any more? (1 Corinthians 13:13)
  4. Why is the metaphor of a helmet selected by Paul as a representation of Christian hope in the last days? (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)
  5. Is there such a thing as bad hope? If so, what is it? (2 Thessalonians 2:16)
  6. The Bible teaches that, in Christ, we have eternal life. In what sense do we still hope for eternal life? (Titus 2:11-14)
  7. Why is Christ so important to our hope as Christians? What makes it reasonable to have confidence in the hope we hold? In what way does pride belong to hope? (Hebrews 3:1-6)
  8. How does hope relate to our serving of each other? How does it provide motivation for what we do?
  9. What does it mean to say that Christians have a living hope? Is it possible for hope to be a dead hope? What is the difference between the two? (1 Peter 1:3-9)
  10. How would you defend the hope you have as a Christian if someone asks you to do so? (1 Peter 3:13-22)

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