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September 27, 2020

"Abound in Hope"

Our World

Romans 15:1-2 (ESV)

1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.  


Our world needs joy

Our world needs peace

Our world needs hope


We are living in a world with no joy, peace or hope. You cannot find it in the courts. You cannot find it in government. You cannot find it in the banks or the Universities. 


Christ is our hope!

Romans 15:8-13 (ESV)

8 For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,

9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, 

“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, 

and sing to your name.”

10 And again it is said, 

Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”

11 And again, 

Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, 

and let all the peoples extol him.”

12 And again Isaiah says,

  “The root of Jesse will come, 

even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; 

in him will the Gentiles hope.”

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.  

  1. May…
  2. The God of hope
  3. in a strong church everyone is filled by the God of hope. God is the "God of hope"...
  4. the Author of our hope.
  5. the Foundation of our hope.
  6. the Builder of our hope.
  7. the Finisher of our hope.
  8. Note that this is a prayer. The things mentioned cannot be possessed apart from God, and we can possess them only as He gives them to us.
  9. Fill you with all joy and peace in (through) believing
  10. There is joy (charas PWS: 2206): an inner gladness; a deep seated pleasure. It is a depth of assurance and confidence that ignites a cheerful heart. It is a cheerful heart that leads to cheerful behavior.
  11. There is peace
  12. Peace comes through believing
  13. What a privilege it is to to know Christ
  14. That He has made Himself known to us
  15. There is no peace apart from Christ! 
  16. We will not find peace in any other path!
  17. Not money
  18. Not power
  19. Not leisure
  20. Not relationships
  21. Not justice
  22. In believing - believing that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and our redeemer
  23. So that by the power of the Holy Spirit
  24. Trinitarian God!
  25. The Holy Spirit
  26. Creator
  27. Writer
  28. Proclaimer - Jesus is Lord!!!
  29. Indweller
  30. Comforter
  31. Teacher
  32. Hope Dealer
  33. The great benefit of being a believer in Jesus is the power of the Holy Spirit
  34. Spirit led
  35. Spirit filled
  36. Spirit influenced
  37. Spirit sealed
  38. You may abound in hope
  39. Illustration - the mark of the beast 
  40. In a proper eschatology, believers are raptured before the tribulation period. 
  41. Believers in the age of grace, cannot receive the mark of the beast! 
  42. Our “hope” is found in the person and work of Christ! 
  43. His work
  44. His redemption
  45. His promises
  46. Eternal life
  47. The Coming Holy Spirit
  48. I will come again = end times


Conclusion

The Lord wants us to abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

So many people live:

  • Without joy
  • Without peace
  • Without hope
  • Without God

God is “the God of hope” 

That hope is found in Christ!

This is supernatural - it comes from God!

Nothing in this world can mimic God’s joy, peace, and hope! 


Abound In Hope

Transformed!

Next Steps

  1. I will be filled with joy and peace by believing in God.
  2. I will live empowered by the Holy Spirit.
  3. I will abound in hope. 


Next Week

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