Week 2: Hopefulness

Topic(s): Remnant, Blessings, Hopefulness
Big Idea of the Message: God remembers us and will be our provider and sustainer.
Application Point: We can find hope for our future by trusting that God remembers us and will be our provider and sustainer.

Key Scripture: Zechariah 8:4-13
4 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each of them with cane in hand because of their age. 5 The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.”
6 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “It may seem marvelous to the remnant of this people at that time, but will it seem marvelous to me?” declares the Lord Almighty.
7 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. 8 I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.”
9 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Now hear these words, ‘Let your hands be strong so that the temple may be built.’ This is also what the prophets said who were present when the foundation was laid for the house of the Lord Almighty. 10 Before that time there were no wages for people or hire for animals. No one could go about their business safely because of their enemies, since I had turned everyone against their neighbor. 11 But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as I did in the past,” declares the Lord Almighty.
12 “The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people. 13 Just as you, Judah and Israel, have been a curse among the nations, so I will save you, and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong.”
Discussion Questions:
  1.  What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?
  2. Would you mind sharing about a time when you felt destruction in your life? It could be a major or minor loss, a bad decision, or just unfamiliar territory.
  3. Have you ever tried to grow something in a garden or flowerpot? Do you have a green thumb? What is your favorite thing to grow or buy from a grower?
  4. Consider how an apple tree farmer grafts his young trees to an established tree. How has God grafted us into his family?
  5. What are you hopeful for in your future or your family’s future?
  6. How can we pray for you?