Summary: Without hope we will continually find our faith subject to the whims and haphazard circumstances of this fallen world.
November 30, 2008
Saw IHOP sign. Add an E and you get HOPE.
Had Cina make a powerpoint. Henriann thought it would make people hungry for pancakes.
Sorry, no pancakes.
We need to talk about hope
Especially relevant in this time of the year leading up to Christmas and understanding the real meaning of his birth
Also relevant now because a lot of us are struggling with some degree of lost hope as we have seen our savings diminish
Remind you – Christianity is about having hope
Hope is one of the Big Three
Faith, Hope, and Love
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Cor. 13:13
We continually recall before God our Father the things you have done because of your faith and the work you have done because of your love. And we thank him that you continue to be strong because of your hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thess 1:3
Let’s define hope
Hope is an alert expectation that God will do what he said he will do.
Let’s make three observations about biblical hope:
Hope is indispensible to Christianity
As Paul teaches about the resurrection he affirms that hope is essential for Christianity
If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.
If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we’re a pretty sorry lot.
Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Hope
Without hope you become either
A cynic, skeptic, a doubter
Melancholic, sad or miserable
Suicidal, despaired of life
Hope changes everything
Hope keeps us going – we’ll talk more next week about the power of hope
If Satan can take away our hope he as just about succeeded in fully deceiving us.
Man was given a tour of the Devil’s workshop. Had all his tools he used to deceive Christians. There was hatred, jealously, deceit, lying, and pride--all well worn. But over to the side of the yard on display was a tool more obviously worn than any of the other tools. The tool was labeled DISCOURAGEMENT. When questioned, the Devil said, "It’s more useful to me than any other tool. When I can’t bring down my victims with any of the rest of these tools, I use discouragement, because so few people realize that it belongs to me." Satan is never happier than when he sees people giving in and giving up to despair and becoming lost in hopelessness.
Hope is indispensible to live a powerful Christian life
Hope = waiting and watching
The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Romans 8:19, 25
Another reason we need to be reminded of hope is because hope involves the future and waiting and many of us aren’t real good at that.
are exceptionally tech-savvy,
Even Many Gen Y Think They Feel Entitled
Gen Y lacks willingness to pay their dues
Gen Y Wants Instant Gratification
Grew up eating fast food
Movies on demand
Internet – research much easier
Text messaging – communication revolution
This is no doubt affecting our thinking of Christianity
We want it all, we want now
These may be more descriptive of Gene3ration Y but there’s a little in every one of us.
We must acknowledge that Christianity is a forward looking faith
Romans 8: 24 We were saved, and we have this hope. If we see what we are waiting for, that is not really hope. People do not hope for something they already have.25 But we are hoping for something we do not have yet, and we are waiting for it patiently.
1,0000 days is like a day
1,000,000 is like a penny
Can I have a penny
Wait just a second
Hope keeps us from drifting
Without hope we will continually find our faith subject to the whims and haphazard circumstances of this fallen world
One day we will believe, the next day we may not
One day we will be faithful, the next we will not
One day we’ll thank God, the next we will curse Him
Hope keeps us stable
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
Hope keeps us on course regardless of the circumstances
When things are good we need to remember that this is not as good as it gets.
Some of you are having a real good life
Especially this time of year
Kids are enjoying Christmas
Parents are well