Summary: Sermon on why we have hope and what it means.
Disclaimer: I don’t know where I picked up all these accrostices. I know they are not orginal but I thought they were great.
Title: Be ready to give an answer . . . of the hope
Text: 1 Peter 3:15
Stewardship Verse: “"Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.” (De 16:17 NKJV)
“But sanctify (set apart) the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience(peace with God & man), that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.” (1Pe 3:15-16 NKJV)
People often wonder why Christians are so adamant about sharing their faith. Why is it that we are willing to tell everyone. Some would even say, “Why don’t they just leave me alone?” Now I believe that we should respect someone’s decision to not believe but there are two reason we are so adamant about sharing our faith.
1. Because we have a hope.
Hope is “the expectation of something desirable”
The opposite of hope is fear which is “the expectation of something undesirable”
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb 11:1 NKJV)
2. Because we are commanded to in scripture
1 Peter 3:15b always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
What is Our H.O.P.E. Acrostic
“"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. "In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:1-3 NKJV)
Everyone is wanting an answer to the question: Is there life after death? People are searching and searching. The problem is that we don’t know of anyone who has went and came back. We hear of stories of people who have died and seen the light but we don’t know of anyone who actually could tell us.
That is except Jesus. Through His resurrection he went to heaven yet he came back to tell us what it was like.
O-Object of our hope is Jesus
The object of our hope is Jesus Christ. You see the hope or expectation you have for something or someone is only as strong as them. So I put my hope in Christ.
Paul told the Philippians jailor in Act 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, and your household.
“Remember that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Eph 2:12-13 NKJV)
P-Peace & Purpose
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
The word peace here means quiet, rest but also wholeness. We realize today that our world is not at peace because there are too many divisions. To believe in Christ and receive Him as our savior, the Lord of our life means that we have now become complete.
Phi 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
It is what we all search for and that is purpose or significance. We want to be needed. We want to know “Why am I here for?” It is why the book “The Purpose Driven Life” sells over 1 million copies a month.
Quote: “Only one life, it will soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
E-Escape from Hell
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28 AV)
What to do now?
Receive H.O.P.E. Acrostic A simple plan to present the gospel
H represents Heed-Listen to the call of God on your heart