EASTER AT MISSION
Everyone is invited to celebrate Easter at Mission! This is a great chance to invite the people in your world to Mission, a place where you can come as you are, experience grace & truth, belong in community and find that there really is Hope For Everyone! Check out the service times above, and don't miss this awesome weekend at Mission!
Good Friday Night of Worship
As we head toward the celebration of Easter, we first stop to reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus made on Good Friday, laying down His life for us. Be at Mission for a night of worship and communion on this important night before Easter Sunday!
We are a group of imperfect people pursuing a perfect God. We exist to help each other find and follow Christ. We aim to passionately love Jesus, ruthlessly eliminate ego, courageously live in grace and truth, confidently know who we are in Christ, unconditionally trust God, intentionally live better stories, and selflessly extend compassion.
These are some things we want to be true of our group:
- We create a safe and honest environment, staying transparent and authentic.
- We keep it inside the circle. Confidentiality is necessary for a healthy group.
- We look together to the Bible for help and guidance, and keep out our own politics, sales, or agendas.
- We do not try to fix each other, preach sermons, or give unsolicited advice. We instead encourage, listen to, and celebrate each other.
- We handle conflict between us quickly and honestly by going to the person, owning our part, and practicing forgiveness.
- We respect each others’ time by starting and ending when we say we will.
- We trust that it is God’s role to change people, not ours.
- We believe that in Jesus Christ, there is hope for everyone.
A lot of things in life are overrated. Hope is not one of them. In this series, we are diving in, dissecting and discovering together how hope enables us to move forward with courage and confidence.
Jodi Hickerson talked about how the idea of biblical hope changes not just our "today", but our "tomorrow" as well. When we live our lives with a confident expectation that our suffering, hardships, and challenges have an end in sight, it changes how we live our lives. She said that since we weren't made for a world that's broken and scarred, we have to live with the end of Heaven in mind if we want to live well today!
- Talk about a time in your life that you've felt like a "fish out of water". Does it happen often? What does it feel like?
- Growing up, what did you (or didn't you) learn about Heaven? How did that influence your understanding of God?
Read the following passages together.
2 CORINTHIANS 4:16-18 (NIV)
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 11:23b-28
23b I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.
- What does the last passage that Paul writes in his letter to the Corinthian Church tell us about the point he is making in the earlier passage?
- Why did Paul give so many examples of his suffering to the Corinthian Church? What point did it get across?
- Jodi talked about some of the things we can expect about Heaven; rest for our souls, responsibility and meaningful service, perfect relationship with God and everyone, and complete restoration. Have you ever thought of Heaven like this? How do these things change the way you have thought about Heaven in your life?
- In a quote from the message, Max Lucado compares us to fish out of water. Have you ever felt this way on earth?
- Jodi said that "pink spoonful moments" are like little tastes of Heaven here on earth. What makes an experience a taste of Heaven? Have you had any of those moments? How did they affect you?
Florence Chadwick, when she quit her swim from Catalina Island to the mainland while only 800 yards away, said "All I could see was the fog. I think if I could’ve seen the shore, I would have made it.” Speaking of "seeing the shore", in Romans 8:1 Paul says “But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay."
How can living with the end in mind, thinking of that glorious freedom from death and decay, change the way you approach the challenges in your life today?
Write your challenges, your hardships, and your sufferings down on a piece of paper on one side. On the other side, write something about Heaven that changes how you see that current challenge!
Here are some verses that will help you get going!
- Hope For Today
- Hope For Tomorrow
- Hope For Change
- Easter: Hope For Everyone
...the confident expectation that God is willing and able to fulfill the promises he has made to those who trust in him.
1 Peter 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you.
Romans 8:18 (NLT)
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NIV)
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
“It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that the have become so ineffective in this one. Aim at heaven and you will get “earth thrown in”: aim at earth and you will get neither.”
Though I spend my mortal lifetime in this chair
I refuse to waste it living in despair.
And though others may receive gifts of healing, I believe
That He has given me a gift beyond compare.
For heaven is nearer to me and at times it is all I can see
Sweet music I hear it coming down to my ear
And I know that it’s playing for me.
For I am Christ’s own bride
And I shall stand by His side
And He will say, Shall we dance?
And our endless romance
Will be worth all the tears that I cried.
2 Corinthians 5:6-8 (NLT)
So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. For we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.
“But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.”
2 CORINTHIANS 5:2-5 (MSG)
We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less.
“We will enjoy the magnificence of our God and His Heaven, not merely in spite of all we suffered here. We will enjoy it all the more because of everything we suffered here.”
“They say of some temporal suffering, ‘No future bliss can make up for it,’ not knowing that heaven, once attained will work backwards and turn that agony into a glory.”
"Take a fish and place him on the beach, watch his gills gasp and his scales dry. Is he happy? No. How do you make him happy? Do you cover him with a mountain of cash? Do you get him a timeshare and a beach chair? Do you bring him a copy of Playfish magazine and a martini? Do you wardrobe him in double breasted fins and people skin shoes? Of course not. You put him back in his element. You put him back in the water. He will never be happy on the beach because he was not made for the beach."