One of the wonderful aspects of being a Christian, a believer in Jesus, is that Christ is in us – and we are in Him! (John 14:20 and Colossians 1:27). So,when we consider the HOPE that we have, yes we have a glorious future – going to be with God for eternity! But we also have a wonderful “down payment” of heaven – Christ in us now. This means many important things for us. But one of them is to rejoice in God. Yes – to REJOICE! – actively and purposefully. Whether we feel like it or not, rejoicing in God our Saviour needs to be a key characteristic of our lives. We shall consider this by looking at Romans 5:1 – 12. Questions for Lifegroup: 1. We need to always remember that as a Christian, Christ is in us. John 14:15 – 23 shows Jesus dwells in us by the Holy Spirit. Have you been baptised in the Holy Spirit? If you know you have been filled with the Spirit, what may you need to do to live a more Spirit-filled life? 2. What scriptures could we meditate on to help us rejoice during trials? What other action can we take to purposefully rejoice in God during trials?
Hope is a commodity lacking in our society. Hope is not wishful thinking as is often imagined, but its Biblical definition implies a joyful certainty. Our hope is in eternal life that Jesus has bought for us and given to us freely through His death on the cross. Eternal life is a promise for all those who believe and it’s a life in relationship with God full of joy and great pleasure. It is an abundant life. Questions for Life-groups: 1. Are you a hopeful person? What stops you being filled with hope? 2. What things are you looking forward to with joyful certainty? 3. How does the thought of eternal life affect you?
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