Christ Community Brookside
Hope of the World - September 25 | Brookside
Hope for All
Locations & Times
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  • Christ Community - Brookside Campus
    400 W 67 St, Kansas City, MO 64113, United States
    Saturday 3:00 AM
Young Adult Hang Out | TONIGHT
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Young adults, come and join us at 6:30pm at Kellen and Addy Cox's home for a laid-back evening with music, snacks, and games. Get to know some people from church! Questions? AnthonyE@ChristCommunityKC.org.
Student Ministries Small Group Night | Sept. 28
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Students, we're gathering on Wed. from 6:30-8:30pm (Location TBD) for our first Small Group Night of the school year! The boys’ and the girls’ small groups will each have a fun activity. Questions: PaulB@ChristCommunityKC.org.
Title: Hope for All
Scripture: Ephesians 4:14-5:2
Speaker: Bill Gorman, BillG@ChristCommunityKC.org

>> Hope changes everything.
> Hope makes us new
> Hope makes us strange
> Hope makes us love
>> Hope makes us new
- Have we been made new?
>> Hope makes us strange
- What if our goal was to be strange in all the right ways?
>> Hope makes us love
- What if we were people of hope?
Conversation Starters – Brookside Campus

TAKEAWAY: How would you explain this sermon to a friend?

DRAWING CONNECTIONS: We often view hope as nothing more than wishful thinking. How does the Christian hope differ from this conventional way of thinking about hope?

MAKE IT PERSONAL: Read Ephesians 4:25-32. What are some specific ways that following Jesus causes us to be or look “strange” to others? What are the “strangest” qualities of a follower of Christ in our world today?

NAVIGATING CULTURE: How do we navigate being strange and yet still relatable?

POSSIBILITIES: Imagine what our community would look like if the church contained transformed people who loved as Christ loved. How might our city look different?

PRAYER: Read Ephesians 3:14-19. Notice what Paul prays for for the church. Incorporate Paul’s prayer requests in your prayers.
OPENING UP: For the past few weeks, we’ve made the claim that the local church is a place of hope. Has this been true in your experience? Why or why not?
LOOKING AROUND: We live in a culture that is increasingly suspicious of institutions and implicitly biased towards individualism. (In other words, we tend not to trust organizations and we value “doing things your own way”.) How does Paul’s presentation of the church counter these cultural assumptions?
SCRIPTURE: Read Ephesians 2:14-18. What does this passage imply about the type of community the church is designed to provide?
LIVING IT OUT: How can our Community Group help to make our church a place where anybody can become part of the family?
PRAY: In what ways can we pray for Christ Community to become even more like the diverse but unified family that is pictured in Ephesians 2?
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