Summary: To share the hope found in God in order to motivate the hearer to seek it and to share it with others.
THE HOPE OF CHRIST
TEXT: To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
PROPOSITION: To share the hope found in God in order to motivate the hearer to seek it and to share it with others.
INTRODUCTION: Many people a day to day existence without the benefit of hope:
I. WHAT THE SCRIPTURES TEACH US ABOUT HOPE
A. God Himself Is The Hope Of Mankind
B. There Is No True Lasting Hope For Those Separated From God
Ephesians 2:11-14 (quickview)  Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh; who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands; 12 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. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,
C. True Hope Springs From A Personal Relationship With God
Romans 5:5-8 (quickview)  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demon-strates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
D. God’s Desire Is That Mankind Will Live In An Expectant Hope
Jeremiah 29:11-14 (quickview)  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the LORD,
II. WHAT THE HOPE OF GOD BRINGS TO THE LIFE OF THE BELIEVER
A. God’s Hope Is A Stabilizing Force In The Believer’s Life
B. God’s Hope Brings Blessing To The Believer’s Life
C. God’s Hope Gives The Believer Hope In Living
1 Peter 1:3 (quickview)  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,