Sermon Guide You & Me Part 3: Close the Gap Hebrews 12:14-17 “Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal. You know that afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears.” What I Am Responsible For In My Relationship 1. Work at peace (v. 14) It’s always easier to not talk about it, but it usually takes conflict to have peace. I have to choose to de-escalate situations. What’s your tone? It’s hard to have peace and criticism. I want peace because I love you. Do you want a resolution or do you want to prove a point? 2. Give grace (v. 15) You have the choice to be offended today or the choice to give grace. 3. Watch out for bitterness (v. 15) What is the story I keep telling myself and maybe telling my friends? Have I perfected it? How do you close the gap in your marriage? 1. Pray together 2. Sleep Together 3. Dream Together Discussion Questions 1. Share a story about an argument you had with someone that you laugh about now. 2. Talk about someone you know that always assumes the best about others. 3. Do you struggle to give grace in your relationships? Why do you think that is? 4. What relationship bitterness story do you keep telling yourself and your friends? 5. Are you someone who avoids conflict? Do you want to argue so you can prove your point? What attitudes about conflict do you need to change? 6. Where in your relationship are you convinced you are “better than” and they are “less than”? How can your group be praying for you to begin to reconcile this perspective?
Close The Gap
February 21, 2021 • Lead Pastor Jason & Andrea Isaacs
Your Love Story
Part 2 • February 14, 2021 • Guest Pastors Jeremy & Corrie Isaacs
Welcome to Hope City Church! NEW If you are new to Hope City text “HCNEW” to 33777 SERMON GUIDE You & Me Part 2: Your Love Story Big Idea: Your marriage story is bigger than you. Ephesians 5:21-33 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. John 13:34-35 34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. As Jesus loved me, how do I love _______? Discussion Questions 1. Talk about someone you know that lives out the idea of submitting to others by choosing to sacrificially serve others. 2. Do you struggle with submitting in your relationships? Does it help to think of submitting as sacrificial rather than transactional? 3. How does your view of marriage change knowing God made it to demonstrate the Gospel message? 4. What areas in your marriage/relationships do you struggle to submit (have to be the winner)? How can your group be praying for you? CONNECT Connect with us! Visit the Hope City Church website at https://realhopenow.com/ , connect through the Hope City Church Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/realhopenow or download the Hope City Church Louisville app from the android or apple app store. CARE If you or a loved one is in need of prayer or care, we would love to help! Simply open the Hope City Church Louisville app, click on "Pastoral Care" and fill out the "Care Request Form" so that we can know how we can help you. GIVE Our heart is to share as much hope with as many people as possible, and you make that happen because of your generosity. Click the link below to give. http://www.realhopenow.com/give/ Thank you for tuning in to today's service. We'll see you soon!
Part 1 • February 7, 2021 • Lead Pastor Jason & Andrea Isaacs
Welcome to Hope City Church! NEW If you are new to Hope City text “HCNEW” to 33777 SERMON GUIDE You & Me Part 1: It’s Complicated Big Idea: Your marriage is complicated because you are complicated. Ephesians 5:31-32 As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. Matthew 19:10-12 Jesus’ disciples then said to him, “If this is the case, it is better not to marry!” “Not everyone can accept this statement,” Jesus said. “Only those whom God helps. Some are born as eunuchs, some have been made eunuchs by others, and some choose not to marry for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.” We can get through anything if we’re willing to work on everything together. How Do Two Become One Honesty (you don’t have to be perfect but you’ve got to be honest) Humility (I’m not better than you I’m better with you) Honor (Honor isn’t earned, honor is given) Discussion Questions 1. Talk about someone you know that has been happily married for a long time, or someone that has found joy in a committed single life. 2. Were you surprised to hear that Jesus considers singleness on the same level as marriage? 3. Whether married or single, share some complications about yourself that you bring to relationships. 4. Of the 3 things that bind relationships, which one do you struggle with the most? (Honesty, Humility, Honor) CONNECT Connect with us! Visit the Hope City Church website at https://realhopenow.com/ , connect through the Hope City Church Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/realhopenow or download the Hope City Church Louisville app from the android or apple app store. CARE If you or a loved one is in need of prayer or care, we would love to help! Simply open the Hope City Church Louisville app, click on "Pastoral Care" and fill out the "Care Request Form" so that we can know how we can help you. GIVE Our heart is to share as much hope with as many people as possible, and you make that happen because of your generosity. Click the link below to give. http://www.realhopenow.com/give/ Thank you for tuning in to today's service. We'll see you soon!