“Through him, we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:2
God of resurrection, where there is death, you bring new life; challenge our attachment to wealth and power, so that we may release others from the chains of poverty, hunger, and injustice, and the whole earth live to praise your name; through the Risen Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
- What might a fair comparison and contrast between modern notions of “hope” and a biblical one produce in our Christian life and expression?
- What nuances of the Christian hope may be gained from reading and meditating upon the continual theme through Romans? (See – Romans 4:18; 5:1-5; 8:20-25; 12:12; 15:4, 12-13)
- Is it fair to contend that our deepest and most intimate experiences of God are infused with some aspect of hope through suffering?
- When was the last time you articulated the Christian hope? To whom and in what context?
- As one student once asked me, “Is it possible to have hope without some element of suffering?” Discuss!
- Trace the deepening effect of Christian hope on the believer as per the passage in Romans 5:1-5 and ask when was the last time you actually saw this in action?
- What have I learned of the Christian hope from Scripture, and the Church across the globe and how do I maintain it in daily life?