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Read Scripture. Go Deeper. Ask Questions. Take Action.

Pastor Justin Jenkins

Holding Out Hope

Scripture

Lamentations 3:20-26

20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. 21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." 25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; 26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Main Idea

It is easy to get consumed during the advent season. The holiday pressures of today's culture can cultivate anxiety, depression, and fear. It is difficult to hold onto hope when we are consumed by these pressures. Jesus provides a hope that we can hold on to.

It is because of God's love that I am not consumed. Jesus brings a hope that sustains me.

Discussion Questions

  1. During the advent season, what are somethings that cause you anxiety or similar feelings?
  2. Examine some of the things that what you want in life. What are the things that you truly need?
  3. How can Jesus provide hope to you in your situation this advent season?

Summary

In Lamentations 3:20-26, Jeremiah was looking for hope in the midst of despair. Throughout our day-to-day lives, it is easy to feel despair. We feel pressure in our jobs and relationships, which can lead to anxiety, worry, and fear. During the holiday season, many feel an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. Jeremiah prophesied that a savior would arrive (Jeremiah 33:14-16). That savior is Jesus. Jesus provides hope to sustain us through our difficulties. He gives us hope for a fresh start; your mistakes are not so bad that God cannot redeem you. Jesus gives you hope for your needs. What you need is not always what you want. We all need a savior and God sent us a savior in the form of Jesus. Hold on to the hope that Jesus provides.

Take Action

  • Start or continue a Bible reading plan (Bible.com has many reading plans available). During your reading, find and reflect on a hopeful message.
  • Consider how you can give during this Advent season. The Vision Offering is open until the end of the year.
  • The next time you attend a church service at Velocity, sit in a different spot. Connect with someone new that you sit near.

Announcements

  • December 15th is the final gathering of the year for the Youth.
  • The Vision offering is still open and will be until the end of the year. Go to vel.city/rock for more details.
  • There will be three Christmas Eve services. Please go to vel.city/christmas to register.
  • There will be an Empty Chair Service on December 20th at 7:00pm at Velocity Church.