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The Reason For Our Hope - Part 3: "A Costly Scent"
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    2384 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM, Monday 7:00 PM
“The Bible is not the light of the world, it is the light of the Church. However, the world does not read the Bible, the world reads Christians.”

- Charles Spurgeon
1. Jesus didn’t come just to give us hope, he came to be our hope.
2. Hope that expresses love to God is based on who he is not just what he does.
John 12:23-26 NLT

23 Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man (“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself) to enter into his glory. 24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. 25 Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. 26 Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.
3. Is the cost of self-sacrifice worth it?
Celebrate and Care:

Have each person share a high and low from this past week.
Big Idea:

Jesus came to be our hope, not just give us hope. The circumstances of life will not derail hope that is firmly anchored in Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection.
Open Up:

What is your favorite scent?
Discuss

Choose one or two questions for your group to discuss as time allows.

- Charles Spurgeon said, “The Bible is not the light of the world, it is the light of the Church. However, the world does not read the Bible, the world reads Christians.” Talk about the quote – how is the world reading Christians today?

- What is the difference between Jesus giving us hope and Jesus being our hope?

- Pastor Matt talked about a burden on his heart for “people who have walked away from faith for unnecessary reasons, and who have faced or are facing disappointment, discouragement, doubt.” How can we come alongside these people in whatever season they are in and help them find a reason for their hope?

- In what ways do people today seek miracles instead of the miracle worker?
Engage:

Spend 1-2 minutes in silence with these questions then share your thoughts.

Read 2 Corinthians 2:14-15. What is the scent your life offers? Ask Jesus to give you a name.

Is there an area of your life where God is asking you to be an extravagant giver?

Is there a hope you could plant and trust God for the outcome?

Close together in prayer.