Every year Rise City Church takes the last Sunday of the year off from in person gatherings in order to give our amazing staff and volunteers a much needed break and to encourage you to spend some extra time with family and friends.

So please take a moment to watch this brief message from Pastor Pete and then spend some time talking it through together using the discussion guide below.

And from the entire staff of Rise City Church


Thanks for watching with us. Here are some questions to get your friends and family talking more about Pete’s message on Hope.


What’s a song you used to (or still do) sing the wrong words to? Is there a song you know you don’t know the lyrics and so you just make them up?


I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.

Psalm 77:11

Pete encouraged us to follow the example of the Psalmist and reflect back on and remember what God has done in the past.

  • What are some specific ways in which you have experienced God’s goodness in the past year. What have been some of the highlights and things you most enjoyed and will remember fondly?


Read Ephesians 1:17-21

Pete explained how the Greek word the Paul used for hope was not just a wish or desire, but a solid expectation of good things to come in the future.

  • How does Paul’s use of the word “hope” differ from simple wishful thinking when it comes to God’s gifts and promises in our lives?
  • In this passage, Paul lists two distinct things he wants us to have a hopeful expectation for from God. What are they and how do you think those things play out in our lives as followers of Jesus?
  • Paul then ties our hope to the resurrection and ultimate crowning victory of Jesus. How does this help inspire hope in your own life?
  • This entire passage is a prayer that Paul “keeps asking” of from God. What does that mean for us trying to cultivate a deeper sense of hope in our own lives? Is it something we should simply ask for once and expect to get, or something we have to continually seek after?


For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

Pete talked about how the Gospel confronts pessimism head-on and calls us to have hope in a God who has good things for us in the future.

  • What are you hopefully expectant for God to do in this coming year, things are you praying and believing to see happen in your own life or those around you?


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

Spend a few moments praying together.

  • Thanking God for all He has done in the past, asking that He would fill you with hope and confidence over His goodness and blessings in the future, and praying for others in our lives who need the hope found in Jesus now more than ever.