BUILDING A CHURCH TO REACH TODAY’S GENERATION
OCTOBER 31, 2021
HOPE, THE INSPIRATION OF THE CHURCH
The difference between faith and hope:
Faith: Tends to deal with the details of life.
Hope: Deals with the largeness of life itself.
Hope is a confident anticipation of good things to come with the corresponding effort to reach and attain them.
The Streams of Hope
1. The Dark Stream of Hope
Vs. 4 – For everything was written to teach us, that through endurance and the encouragement of the scriptures, we might have hope.
2. The Light Stream of Hope
Vs 13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust Him, so that you may overflow with hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
3. The Bridge Between Endurance and Hope
Vs. 4 – Through endurance and the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.
Perseverance means active endurance.
Psalm 33:18 – The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love.
The Source of Hope
Vs. 13 – May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace.
Hope comes from His character.
Heb. 6:17-19 – Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, He confirmed it with an oath. God did this, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope, an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
Hope comes from His control.
II Chron. 16:9 – For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.
The Substance of Hope
Vs. 13 – Fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.
The Supply of Hope
Vs. 13 – So that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
He gives us surviving power.
He gives us reviving power.
He gives us standing power.
He gives us driving power.
He gives us arriving power.
Are you looking for hope? Then grab hold of the rope of Hope. It is as strong as God’s character and as long as your faith.