11/28/2010 Hope is ALIVE!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Monday, November 29, 2010 Under: Sermon

Advent: Hope (week one)

Romans 5:1-5 (HCSB) 1) Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2) Also through Him, we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3) And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, 4) endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. 5) This hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you" 1 Peter 1:3-4

Intro: Is it really within reach? (Illustration of reach) reach: arrived, stretch out physically…

Every Christmas the word hope is spoke of often, it is sent to you in a Christmas card greetings, said to you in passing from someone who would wish you a Merry Christmas and hope that you can enjoy the holiday season. I have to wonder does mankind really no of the hope found in Christ Jesus our Lord?

Another advent season is upon us, in 26 days it will be Christmas day. Christmas day we think of the birth of Christ a gift from God, a gift that can give us hope, a LIVELY HOPE! Is it yours? Are you experiencing the fullness of Christ? The bible tells us this hope gives us peace it has been justified by the gift Christ gives us – well there is a catch you must receive this gift, you must believe, and lets throw Faith into this! Is it really within reach and if so do you have it?

Hope - Greek Word: elpis

Application: The spirit generates a lively Hope

1. Hope Goes: to the one who has a relationship with Christ

“Because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about [this hope] in the message of truth, the gospel” Colossians 1:5 (HCSB)

Because of Justification:
The believer has peace with God
The believer has access to God
The believer has assurance from God
The believer is indwelt by God
The believer is preserved in God: A believer’s salvation is secure, guaranteed by Christ’s past work on Calvary’s cross, He died on the cross for us. He died because he loves us. He did it when we were still helpless and hostile sinners. This gives us the reality of hope!

God has chosen for us to be saved by hope and not by sight. If we were saved by sight, we would not hope in God. If we could actually see and experience perfect redemption and salvation now, then there would be nothing more for which to hope. The result would be catastrophic: we would not be drawing close to God, believing and trusting Him, nor looking to Him to provide a perfect salvation for us. There would be no liberty and freedom between God and man, no love and trust established. There just would be no relationship and no fellowship between God and man, not based on a free moral love, trust, and belief.

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

2. Hope Gets: a living spirit

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (HCSB)

When Scripture speaks of the believer's hope, it does not mean what the world means by hope. The hope of the world is a desire, a want. The world hopes, wants, desires,that something will happen. But this is not the hope of the believer. The hope of the believer is a surety: it is perfect assurance, confidence, and knowledge. How can hope be so absolute and assured? By being an inward possession. The believer's hope is based upon the presence of God's Spirit who dwells within the believer.

The believer's hope is based on the inward experience and witness of God's Spirit. The believer knows that God's Spirit lives within him, and he actually experiences the things of the Spirit now. Granted, his experience is but a taste; the things of the Spirit are not yet perfected in his life, but they do exist, and they are present in his body. He already possesses the things of God while in the flesh. His hope of salvation is a present experience—he is saved now—he already has a taste of salvation. The believer's hope to be saved is a living reality now; therefore, his hope is a sure hope. To the genuine believer, hope is the absolute assurance of things promised, but not yet seen.

3. Hope Gives: eternal life

“Now in this hope we were saved, yet hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees?” Romans 8:24 (HCSB)

God is after one thing: our being patient in hope, that is, our persevering in hope. Why? The more we hope for salvation and redemption, the closer we draw to God. And, above all else, God wants us to draw near Him: fellowshipping, believing, trusting, loving, and hoping in Him.

The path of hope is the only way God could choose for salvation. For only as a man hopes in God will he draw near to God; and in reality, the more a man hopes in God, the closer he draws to God. The more he hopes, the more he will trust, believe, love, and depend upon God. And this is exactly what God is after; it is His plan and purpose for man and his world.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you" 1 Peter 1:3-4 The believer's hope is expressed in several glorious ways.

The hope of "the resurrection of the dead"
The hope of the promise  
The hope that is the object of faith
The hope of the glory of God
The hope that saves us
The hope that causes believers to endure afflictions
The hope of believers that comes through the Scripture
The hope which is a gift of the Holy Spirit
The hope in Christ The hope of righteousness
The hope of God's calling
The hope which the lost do not have
The hope of the gospel
The hope of salvation
The hope of eternal life
The "blessed hope" of the Lord's return
The hope which anchors the believer's soul
The hope that stirs belief
The "living hope" of the believer
Conclusion: Titus 2:11-15a (NLT)

11) For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. 12) And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, 13) while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. 14) He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds. 15) You must teach these things and encourage the believers to do them.

This is a lively Hope.

WE have hope but instead of rejoicing in the glorious hope God has given, we moan, groan, and complain, living a discouraged and defeated life. We slip back into the ways of the world, we become discouraged and defeated, no longer conscious of the glorious hope for the glory of God. Hope gives eternal life. Hope is Alive! Are you experiencing it?

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