How To Hold On: Study Guide

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Bottom Line

We hold onto hope when we are connected together and anchored in Jesus.

Study Verses

Deuteronomy 6:1-2, Hebrews 6:16-19, 1 Timothy 1:18-19

Key Points

  • We reach people one person at a time. 
  • The family matters because of its legacy.
  • We aim to empower the family and shoulder the struggle. 
  • The family is established so our children’s children will know God as God. 
  • An anchor provides stability and security regardless of the circumstances.
  • The rope is what connects the next generation to the hope they need. The rope is the relational connection to the church. 
  • The most important thing we’ve been given is hope.
  • The emphasis of God’s work is generational in nature. 
  • We set the bar too low if our objective is to just raise low-maintenance, fully functional kids. 
  • The next generation matters to God so they must matter to us. 
  • As a church who reflects the love of Christ, we must possess a relentless commitment to the generations that come after us. 
  • Every child needs someone to fight for them and with them.
  • There are opportunities out there for us as a church to impact the next generation. We’ve got to go out there and seize them.

ENCOUNTER

  • Think back to your childhood and adolescence. How did you navigate trying to find security, purpose and hope during this time?
  • How would you describe the climate and culture our children are growing up in now? What are some challenges they face that are similar to what you experienced? What added pressure are they now under?
  • What are the implications of our mission (to reach people and help them walk with God) on the next generation? What does it look like to actively invest in the next generation by empowering the family?

FORMATION

  • Read Deuteronomy 6:1-2. What is the purpose of the family? What danger arises when the family structure is eroded?
  • Read Hebrews 6:16-19. How does the hope of the Gospel provide an anchor of stability for the next generation?
  • Read 1 Timothy 1:18-19. After reading this passage, what conclusions can we reach about the battle young people are facing if Paul is encouraging his young protege (Timothy) to “fight the good fight” and “hold on to his faith”?

EXPRESSION

  • Other than your parents, who had the most influence in your life growing up? How did they shape you into the person you are today? How can you thank them for their investment in you?
  • What are you doing to invest in the next generation?  Who are you investing in?
  • If you had the opportunity to speak to the next generation, what would you want them to know and why would you want them to hear that message?
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