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Summary: Hope based on the promises of God will see the saints through.

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FORTIFYING OUR HOPE

Text: 1Thess.1:1-6

Intro: Hope means hoping when things are hopeless,

or it is no virtue at all...as long as matters are very

hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude [ trite ];

it is only when everything is hopeless that hope

begins to be a strength.

----G.K. Chesterton, Signs of the Times, April 1993, p. 6.

Folks often face the question, "Is there any hope?"

Hope for:

married couples & their conflicts

those with addictions (gambling,

alcohol, street drugs, perverted

lifestyles)

moms-to-be hear Drs. say,

"...Can’t find a heartbeat."

weary single parents with

their heavy challenges

the deeply depressed & anxious

one whose spouse lays dying

youth who seem to be an easy target for--

drugs, STD’s, abuse, pain of a broken

family

Theme: "There are no hopeless situations; there

are only people who have grown hopeless."

____________Clare Boothe Luce

I. What hope is not.

A. not wishful thinking

B. not an insecure "I hope so."

II. What hope is.

A. Vine, "The happy anticipation [ looking

froward to] of good"

B. A confident expectation,i.e., payday

C. Desire plus expectation

(something I want and expect to receive)

D. Futher Definitions

1. "Hope is a desire for something to happen,

while expecting or being confident that

it will come true. Hope also implies a

certain amount of perseverance, believing

that something is possible even when there

is some evidence to the contrary. Hope may

be directed toward something minor or

towards something extremely significant."

___Source Unknown

2. "Until the day when God shall design to

reveal the future to man, all human

wisdom is summed up in these two words,

--’Wait and hope’."

3. "Ah,Hope! what would life be, stripped of

thy encouraging smiles, that teach us to

look behind the dark clouds of to-day,for

the golden beams that are to gild the mor-

row."

________Susanna Moodie

4. "If it were not for hopes, the heart would

break." ___Thomas Fuller

III. Importance of Hope

A. H. necessary to keep on keeping on

( persevere)

1. Romans 8:25

2. our text-1 Thess. 1:3

B. H. necessary for our motivations to

become pure-1 Jn 3:2-3

C. H. necessary to increase our

opportunities to evangelize.

1. (1 Peter 3:15 )

2. With hope, we save our souls

& lead others to their salvation.

3. Ps. 71:5 (NKJV), "For you are my

hope, O Lord God;"

IV. Fortifying (making strong)Our Hope

A. WOG written to produce hope.

1. Romans 15:4

2. Biblical evidence assures that God

keeps His promises.

a. Abraham received the child of

promise.

b. Issac-And Isaac intreated the LORD for

his wife, because she [was]barren:and

the LORD was intreated of him, and

Rebekah his wife conceived

(Gen.25:21).

3. "When there is no faith in the future,

there is no power in the present."

___Source Unknown

4. Peter-"rest your hope fully upon the

grace that is to be brought to you at

the revelation of Jesus Christ,"

1Peter 1:13

5. Some Bible passages that show the eternal

destiny of the saints.

a. Psa 71:14 But I will hope continually,

and will yet praise thee more and more

b. Psa 146:5 Happy [is he] that [hath]

the God of Jacob for his help,

whose hope [is] in the LORD his God:


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