Stories of Hope
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: John 3:16–3:18
Stories of Hope 4.29.18
Open Table panel
After wrapping up our “HOPE for everyONE” Easter series, we're turning our attention to stories of HOPE coming alive in the lives of men and women through the hope that Jesus offers. Today's panel discussion highlighting the ministry of Open Table is just one example.
So what is Open Table? Open Table is a faith-based ministry that creates a transformative relationship between those serving and those being served. A Table is composed of volunteers who make a year-long commitment to act–through relationship—as a team of life specialists, encouragers, and advocates for someone who desires their support. Over the course of a year, the Table works together to set goals, foster accountability, and implement a plan to create change that lasts.
Visit our website and view these videos to learn more about the ministry of Open Table.
Serving through Open Table won't be for everyone. It might not work with our present schedule and season of life. That's o.k. While we can't do everything to minister to others, we're all called to do something. Ask God to open your eyes and open your heart to the needs around you. Just be available and let the Lord use you.
1 John 3:16-18 NIV
16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
Jesus changes lives when we serve others in loving and practical ways—including our own.
1. Had you heard of Open Table before this Sunday? What did you learn about it from the panel discussion and video?
2. In your own words, who is involved in a “Table” and how does it work? What questions do you have about it? Check out hopevale.org/opentable.
3. Meeting regularly, listening, supporting, advising, helping in practical ways—this “model” changes lives. How has God used these dynamics in your Community Group to help you grow genuinely in Christ? In what ways do you think your group could get better at these one-another qualities?
4. A recent article in a respected news magazine said that northern and Midwestern cities have more people living in “concentrated poverty” than any other area of the United States. That’s us! What evidence do you see in our community that this is true? What is life really like for someone living in concentrated poverty in our area?
5. Would you consider serving on a Table? What next step could you take to get more information and get involved?
6. Read 1 John 3:16-18. Many of us aren’t able to serve on a Table right now. How could God use you and your group to help others whose basic needs consistently go unmet?