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Summary: This is a sermon based on 1 John 2:28-3:3 on how our hope in Christ changes the way we live. My wife and I preached this message together.

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Love That Produces Hope

9:30 5/16 93 . Psalm 21:1-13 Rom. 8:18-30 Text 1:Jn.2:28-

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A pessimist sees a glass half empty, but an optimist sees 

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one that is half full. The difference in interpretation comes 

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from the hope that each one has, one is hoping it will all soon 

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be gone, whereas the other is hoping more will soon be added to 

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it. We all need hope to keep our spirits up when things around 

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us are falling down. Yet as believers, we are to be careful into 

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what we put our hope in.

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Out hope is not in wisdom, not in knowledge, not in power, 

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and certainly not in the good intentyions of others. Our hope is 

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in Jesus Christ and in His claim to be the Son of God. Our hope 

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will not disappoint us because it is rooted in the love and 

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promises that God has made to us. It’s not so much that we love 

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God, as it is that God has first loved us.

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Turn with us in your bibles to the book of 1 John starting 

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at chapter 2 verse 28. In this passage, the apostle John en

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courges us, that in the face of trials, defections, and attacks, 

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to hold on to our hope that comes from God’s love. Verse 28 

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says, " And now dear children, continue in HIm, so that when He 

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appears we may be confident and unashamed before Him at His 

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coming."

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Why is that the apostle John calls us children. Is it 

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because we sometimes fuss and argue with one another as children 

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But it is more likely because of our common relationship to Jesus 

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Christ in knowing him as Lord and Savior. We have the same 

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teacher, the same master and the same God over us all.

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Even though our gifts anf functions vary, we are all impor

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tant to God with the same promises, same access, and same respon

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siblity to serve God with our whole lives. The word of God says 

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for us to "continue in Him." This means that we are to abide in 

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Jesus, move in Jesus, decide in Jesus and live every day for 

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Jesus. Notice that we are called to continue in Jesus, not in a 

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church, or in a group or in a program. 

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Our allegiance is to always be to Jesus Christ. You see 

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simply because something was God’s will for us as individuals, or 

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us as a church, or church group, five years ago does not mean 

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that God intended it to last forever. The Scriptures says that 

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God is always willing to do a new thing. The continuing aspect 

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is of most importance in knowing God’s will for our lives. 

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God is truly desiring to us some of us to accomplish great 

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things. God puts a much higher value on the ministry He has 

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called many of you to, than you do. You see, we may only see 

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ourselves as a little cog in a wheel, but God sees that without 

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us, a lot of wheels will never turn as He intended. That one 

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person that you bring to the Lord, may be the next great evangel

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ist of our day.

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We don’t discover the power of God, unless we are willing to 

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go the distance for God. It’s one thing to get saved. It’s 

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altogether different to start to grow in God and make yourself 

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available for ministry. The only reason for a Christian to be 

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alive on this planet is because God has a job for him or her to 

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do.

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We discover in the Scripture a number of people who grieved 

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the Holy Spirit. They came to know Jesus as their Lord and 

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Savior, but for various reasons did not continue. The Bible 

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says, Demas deserted Paul for the love of the world. Diotrophes 

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who loves to be first opposed the apostle John. Hymanuaeus and 

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Philetus wandered from the truth and destroyed the faith of many. 

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Alexander the coppersmith did Paul much harm.

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Each of them had responded to the call of Christ, but then 

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