Message 1: HOPE

Advent 2020

By Pastor Christopher Hilken, November 28, 2020


Hope is the belief that if _____________________ occurs, I will be satisfied and safe.

Some Trust in Chariots; Some Trust in…

Psalm 20:7

  1. – If only ____________________ happened
  1. – If only I had ____________________
  1. – If only they would ____________________
  1. – If only I were ____________________

What Does Hope Do in Our Soul?

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Hope that Transforms

Worldly hope promises to something new.

Biblical hope promises to into something new.

Worldly hope has the problem being and the solution .

Biblical hope has the problem being and the solution .


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Life Group Study Questions

For the week of November 29, 2020

Because this is the last meeting of the Fall Quarter, the Life Group Study Questions are shorter than normal. As usual, your final meeting will include looking back on how God has worked this past quarter and taking Communion as a group. If you haven’t already, you will also take some time to fill out an online Feedback Form about your group experience and your plans for the Winter Quarter. A Feedback Form reminder email was sent on November 29 to anyone who had not yet completed their form.

The Winter Life Group Quarter will begin the week of January 17, 2021. Groups will continue to be offered online, in-person or a combination of both, abiding by COVID Place of Worship Guidelines. Have a great Christmas season celebrating the birth of our Lord! Merry Christmas!


  1. The Christmas season is upon us. Whether you’re an early decorator or a last-minute shopper, here are some fun questions to help get you in the Christmas mood.

– What Christmas movie or show have you seen far more than any other? Are there any you must watch every year?

– Which one or two Christmas characters listed below are you most like? What do you think those closest to you would say?

Buddy the Elf / Ralphie (The Christmas Story) / Charlie Brown / Mrs. Claus / Santa / The Grinch / Cindy Lou Who / Frosty the Snowman / George Bailey (It’s a Wonderful Life) / Clark Griswold (Christmas Vacation) / Kevin McCallister (Home Alone) / Lucy Moderatz (While You Were Sleeping) / Other?

– As a kid, what was an ultimate, fun, dream present you hoped to receive? (Note – this can include something you received or wanted badly but never got!)

  1. 2020 has been a crazy year. Yet, as followers of Jesus, our hope remains that God is alive and at work in our lives (Philippians 1:6). As you look back on this quarter (and year), what is something in your own life and your Life Group experience you are thankful for? (It can be a specific way God encouraged you, time spent together in your group, how your group has helped you to continue living your life for Jesus, something new you learned, a service project, spiritual breakthrough, growth, challenge, etc.)

Quick Review - Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything new you learned or anything that caught your attention, challenged or confused you?


What we hope for and trust in has been challenged and tested on many levels in 2020. Yet, our hope can remain in the truth that our God is faithful! Take a moment to read through and reflect on the following passages, asking God to speak to you about the hope we have in Jesus. Jot down anything that catches your attention regarding the hope and power of who Jesus is and what God has done for us.

1 Peter 1:3-7 New International Version (NIV) 3 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, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Romans 15:13 New International Version (NIV) 13 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.

Psalm 33:18–22 New International Version (NIV) 18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, 19 to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. 20 We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. 21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. 22 May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you.

Looking back at what you wrote above, what is the best reminder to help you keep your hope in Jesus alive during this Christmas season?


As followers of Jesus, we are able to have hope no matter what life throws at us because of the amazing gift God has given us – the gift of His son Jesus, born that we might have life through His death and resurrection! Communion is about remembering these truths! Your time together this week will conclude by taking Communion and remembering this great gift God has given us through His son Jesus.

To prepare for Communion, read Luke 2:1-7, Luke 22:19-20 and John 15:12-17. What catches your attention in these verses as helpful to remember as you take Communion in your group?

Option – Listen to these songs by our North Coast Worship Team while you’re reading these verses to help you reflect on the passages.

Luke 2:1-7 New International Version (NIV) In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

Luke 22:19-20 New International Version (NIV) 19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

John 15:12-17 New International Version (NIV) 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

CELEBRATING ADVENT: Video from Chris Brown about How We’re Celebrating Advent Follow along with us in our four-week Advent series this Christmas season to celebrate the birth of Christ. Our Food for Thought questions each week in December will correspond to the sermon to help you personally engage in celebrating Advent. Here are some additional resources for you to explore further:

Lee Strobel Christmas Advent – free Advent toolkit

Hidden Christmas by Tim Keller - book

Advent for Everyone by NT Wright – devotional book

You Version Bible App – search Advent plans


Christmas is our annual opportunity to bless those in need. This year, instead of choosing ornaments, we’ve made it easy for you to help by displaying all options on our website. Here you will find three different ways to give back through: giving a gift, purchasing a gift card or making a direct donation to one of our non-profit partners. Drop off gifts on Dec. 13 to your campus. Check the website for complete details and more information regarding drop off times.