The Long Haul Part 4: Hope
Message: Hope | Josiah Anthony | March 27, 2022
ICE BREAKER: During worship we sang “A Thousand Hallelujahs” with the words “With a thousand hallelujahs,
we magnify Your name! You alone deserve the glory, the honor and the praise.” Name something you are giving thanks
to God for this week.
1. God created us with a craving and need for hope. Josiah stated, “If you want to do ANYTHING for more than a
DAY… you need HOPE.”
a. How would you define hope and why is it important?
b. When was a time that hope carried you through a difficult situation or circumstance?
c. Is the difference between optimism and hope?
2. Moses found himself in the wilderness, herding sheep, when he encountered God who instructed him to return to
Egypt and lead the Israelites to freedom. Moses asked for a reason to have hope that the Israelites and Pharoah
would listen and God gave him his name, Yahweh.
a. In Psalm 20:7, David stated that he was putting his trust in the name of God? Why is it important to put
our trust and hope in the name of God?
3. The importance of a name is it defines who the person is. God doesn’t just give goodness or show goodness, but God
IS good, He IS love, He IS mercy.
a. What is the difference between doing versus being?
b. Why is it important that our hope be anchored in the character of God versus the acts of God? God’s
character never changes but His actions do! (Malachi 3:6 I am the Lord, and I do not change.)
4. There is a great difference between knowing about someone and actually knowing them. Josiah stated, “For you to
KNOW someone, you have to spend significant amount of time together and have significant conversations
a. What does it take to know God versus just knowing about him?
b. How can you spend time getting to know God this week? (Psalm 20:7 I heard your voice in my heart say,
Come, seek my face; my inner being responded, Yahweh, I’m seeking your face with all my heart.)
Exodus 3:13-15 (NIV) Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has
sent me to you, and they ask me, What is his name? Then what shall I tell them? God said to Moses, I am who I am.
This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I am has sent me to you. God also said to Moses, Say to the Israelites, The
Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you. This
is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.
Exodus 34:5-7 (NIV) Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the
Lord. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to
anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.
Psalm 20:7 (AMP) Some trust in chariots and some in horses, But we will remember and trust in the name of the Lord