April 12, 2020

A Response to Hope

Introduction: Hope stirs the soul and inspires the heart. Hope paints a picture of a better tomorrow than you are experiencing today. But Hope often comes during the darkest moments of life. The Resurrection of Jesus is a story of Hope. Hope that is present now to provide strength and Hope for an eternal future with Christ Jesus. Hope Delayed – Luke 24:30-31, 36-37 Darkness · Questionable Hope (belief) · Compromised Hope (behavior) Hope · Spark of Hope began on Easter – He is Risen! · Flame of Hope began due to eyewitnesses from Emmaus · Fire of Hope began when Jesus revealed Himself Hope Doubted – Luke 24:38; John 20:25 · Opportunity in the struggle · Purpose in the pain · Present always Hope Ignored – John 21:3 · Can God use you? God calls, commissions, and empowers those who once denied knowing Him. Hope Realized – Luke 24:50-53; Matthew 28:19-20 · Look up, not around for strength · Worship God, nothing else · Make disciples of everyone, everywhere Hope Invited In, Not Forgotten – Ephesians 1:18 · Jesus’ message of Hope brings you into His Light · Inviting you into a marvelous life journey with Jesus and other believers · A partnership that restores your Hope and blesses the world Easter Question: Have you found your Hope in Jesus Christ, in Jesus Christ alone? Trust Him with your life today.