1. The prophecy candle speaks of expectation and hope.  Discuss the importance of these two things in our lives in general.
  2. Read Romans 5:3-5 and discuss the progression of growth and maturity that takes place through suffering.  Answer the following – How does endurance in trials build character in our lives?   How do you define character?  How does character give birth to hope?  Does this imply that godly character produces hope while a lack of godly character leads to despair?  Discuss.
  3. How does the first coming of Christ lead us to think more about his second coming?
  4. What are some ways we prepare for the Christmas season and celebrate its true meaning?
  5. Read and discuss Psalm 27:14.  Why is waiting so hard?  What lessons does waiting teach us?