Hope

Intro

Self Help BooksR. L Adams “How to Not Lose all Hope in Life

  1. ”Re-assess the situation
  2. change your focus
  3. does not change the problem
  4. Fill your heart with gratitude
  5. just be thankful for what you do have
  6. easier said then done
  7. Be objective and honest about the situation
  8. assess without bias
  9. impossible for us to do
  10. Lean on others for support
  11. allow others to help
  12. sometimes others cannot help
  13. Trust in your faith…
  14. finally
  15. !faith in what? faith in faith? what is that? Sometimes, we need to have a little trust and faith in good things to come and understand that while all things might not be in our control or power, things do happen for a reason. While we might not always understand the reason at the time, one most certainly always exists.Whether you’re Christian, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, or just believe in a unifying spiritual energy that binds us all, having faith means that you have trust and confidence in good things to come. And we can rely on our faith to help restore our hope.While it’s easier said than done, hope can be restored over time, and all hope isn’t lost, even when we go through the roughest of times. Whatever doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger. We have to believe in the grand design of things, and that good things will eventually happen because human beings weren’t created just to survive — we were created to thrive.​Sermon Outlines for Seekers Keep Hope Alive (1 Peter 1:3–9)

Sometimes in spite of all the positive thinking we can generate, life is really terrible. Simple optimism will not do. Genuine hope must go beyond positive thinking. Genuine hope is not, “Wishing for something you know isn’t going to happen.” It is not an idle wish at all.

Our Need

Sermon Outlines for Seekers Keep Hope Alive (1 Peter 1:3–9)

Seeker issue: The need to develop a hope based on Biblical truthOpen your Bible to Malachi 4Malachi 4 ESV1 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. 3 And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts. 4 “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel. 5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. 6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”V5-6Malachi 4:5–6 ESV5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. 6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”Pew BibleBlank Sheet of Paper Pg 805?Represents over 400 years!Genuine Hope = Luke 1:8–20 ESV8 Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, 9 according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. 11 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, 17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” 18 And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” 19 And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.”​1 Peter 1:3 ESV3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,1. The ORIGIN of genuine hope [3a]Antiques Road Show – genuine or fake?all REAL hope is derived from God and His promises genuine hope is a GIFT of mercy genuine hope is a RESULT of salvation.we were born into a living hope!2. The FOUNDATION of genuine hope [3b]the foundation is the WORK and MINISTRY of Jesus.The resurrection of Jesus is CRUCIAL in the formation of genuine hope.it makes ALL the difference1 Peter 1:4–5 ESV4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.3. The DURABILITY of genuine hope [4]IMPERISHABLE speaks of its essence UNDEFILEABLE speaks of its purity UNFADING speaks of its beauty READY speaks of its guarantee 1 Peter 1:6–7 ESV6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.4. The POWER of genuine hope [6-7]it helps us to face our trials with JOYit helps us face our trials with COURAGE1 Peter 1:8–9 ESV8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.5. The WONDER of genuine hope [8-9]we love a PERSON we have never seenwe long to go to a PLACE we have never visitedgenuine hope concerns our greatest NEED – salvationHeb 11.1Hebrews 11:1 ESV1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Closing

Sermon Outlines for Seekers Keep Hope Alive (1 Peter 1:3–9)

Hope is a powerful concept. Without hope in the future, we have no power in the present. Hope may keep us alive. Without hope there is no reason to live. It has been said, “Life without Christ is a hopeless end, but life with Christ is an endless hope.”​Sermon Outlines on the Book of Psalms 21. The Christian’s Hope

WE ARE NOT ASHAMED of the ground of our hope. Our hope rests upon the solemn promises of God, which He made to us by His prophets and apostles, and confirmed in the person and work of His dear Son. Inasmuch as Jesus Christ died and rose from the dead, we who are one with Him by faith are sure that we shall rise again from the dead and live with Him. The fact of Christ’s resurrection is the assurance of our resurrection, and His entrance into glory is the pledge of our glorification because we are made one with Him by the purpose and grace of God. As we fell in Adam by virtue of our being in him, so we rise and reign with Jesus because we are in Him. God is not the God of the dead, but of the living; yet is He the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, and therefore these men are yet alive. Even thus do we believe concerning all who die in the faith that they have not ceased to be, but they all live to Him.

—Spurgeon​

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