05-03-15 Promo

As “The Incredible Hope” concluded last week we saw GiGi “get it”, she finally understands that she is a carrier of HOPE to others. GiGi’s boss, Hope, helped her find new life in Christ Jesus, and now Gigi is beginning to understand that it is her responsibility and privilege to do the same for others.

This is the Hope of Glory!

This is God’s plan, and is in accordance with God’s eternal purpose!

This Sunday we celebrate 14 years together as a Church, fulfilling the plan of Jesus! Join us after the 11 a.m. service for a picnic. We will provide chicken and drinks and you bring the sides and/or desserts to share. We will have inflatables, games for everyone and music. Plus we will BAPTIZE several people with our first ever outdoor baptism at Believers!

We look forward to celebrating with you! See you at 9 or 11 a.m. for service and then join us for the PICNIC& BAPTISM!

Also, if you have taken the “Incredible Hope Challenge” and attended every week during this series, stop by the t-shirt table and pick up your FREE  t-shirt!

 

 

4-26-15 Promo

The Incredible Hope      “Desperately Hopeful”  Believers Statesboro  Sermon Notes   04-26-15

Of all the characters that we have met in The Incredible Hope drama, who do you relate to?

Whose life mirrors or comes close to your own?

Are you most like the incredible “Hope”?

Oh, that we would all be.  Full of Hope.  Helping others find their hope in Christ Jesus.

Maybe you are like the business man whose God was “the bottom line” before he passed away.

Or his business associate who was so busy that he had no time to grieve or consider the afterlife?

You may find yourself in a state of discouragement like Angelo? A Godly person who trusted the Lord and saw

his dreams coming true, but in the midst of hard times needs others to come along beside him and

encourage him.

 

But you may find yourself relating to GG? A skeptic, yet a seeker.  You want there to be something or someone

that you can put your hope in.  You don’t want to be deceived.  You are cautiously considering the claims of Christ

Jesus.  But you find yourself desperate and, often times, lonely.

 

NEXT STEP:  Identify which character you relate with the most.

Hope / The Bottom Line Business Man / The business associate with no time to grieve / Angelo who hopes his business will make it / GG the skeptical seeker.

You may not relate to any of these characters at all.

Most assuredly, they don’t represent all of the many circumstances and situations that we have in

our lives.

But at some point in life, all of us find ourselves desperate.

We all need to put our hope in something or someone that is bigger than ourselves.

The world desperately looks for Hope.  But the gods of this world never satisfy.  They never come through for you.  Jesus is the only one that can give us a true, enduring, and eternal hope.

 

1 Tim 4:9-10 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance 10 (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe. (NIV)

 

As I have put my Hope in The Living God, He has always come through for me.  He has time for me.

But not just me…

  • He has time for Hope, the busy business man, the discouraged restaurant owner, and the desperate,
  • like GG.
  • And the most important fact that you must embrace is that He always has time for you.

Jairus Was Desperately Hopeful

 

Mark 5:21-24 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22     Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet 23 and pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying.  Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. (NIV)

 

Jairus was a man of power and position, the highest-ranking religious leader in Capernaum.

Possibly a Pharisee, he was a man of social and religious prominence.

 

Yet, he found himself in a humble and low place, bowing at the feet of Jesus.

 

Rom 14:11  “For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

 

Why?  Because he was desperate.  His daughter was sick and about to die.

But there is another main character in this story.

 

The Desperately Hopeful Woman

 

Mark 5:25-26 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered

A great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she

grew worse. (NIV)

 

Remember her?  We talked about her back in January 11, 2015

 

She was a desperate woman, low on the priority list, and low on the social scale.

There were twelve years of clinics, treatments, herbs, prayer meetings and incantations.

 

She now has spent all she had.  No health, no money, and no family to help.  (Children?  Husband?)

 

Unclean, according to the Law of Moses. (Lev 15:25)

 

So she had nothing.  Dilapidated dreams.  Deflated faith.  Unwelcome in the synagogue.

Unwanted by her community.

 

For twelve years, she had suffered.  She had nothing, and her health was getting worse, and with every passing year her desperation grew too!

 

But there was a glimmer of hope.  She was desperately hopeful!

 

Mark 5:27-28 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,

28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”  (NIV)

 

  • She pushed her way through the crowd. People bumped her, but she didn’t stop.
  • Others complained. She didn’t care.  The woman was desperate.  Blood wouldn’t stay in her body.

 

Mark 5:29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. (NIV)

 

Immediately, the bleeding stopped.  Life rushed in.  Pale cheeks turned pink.  Shallow breaths became full.  Life rushed in!

 

How did she know she was healed?         How?  She just did!  She knew that she knew that she knew.

 

It’s like saying how do you know when you are in love?  You just do!

 

“One Touch From God Changes Everything!”  Billy Godwin

 

Mark 5:30-32 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?'” 32            But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. (NIV)

 

There were so many competing for Jesus’ time, yet He still had time for this suffering woman.

 

Mark 5:33-34 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with

fear, told him the whole truth.  The whole story.”  When this woman reached out to Jesus, He listened to her.

With the town bishop waiting, a young girl dying, and a crowd pressing, He still made time for a desperate woman.  Using a term He gave to no one else, He says, 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” (NIV)

 

From Desperate to Hopeless
Back to Jairus’ Story
Mark 5:35-36 While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler.
“Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher any more?”(That’s what hopelessness would say and
do!)36 Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” (But Jesus says,
“Don’t give up hope!  Believe!)

Odd to find the ruler and the woman in the same story.

  • He was powerful. She was pitiful.
  • He was in demand. She was insignificant.
  • He was high.             She was low.

 

Yet both were desperately hopeful.

 

Desperation can be brought on by both situations.

 

  1. A long time problem, such as this illness, that just never seems to get any better.

 

  1. A sudden and unexpected tragedy. A sick child, tragic accident, loss of employment,  bad  doctor’s report.

 

Two desperate, but yet helpful people find themselves on the same path in the village, in the same story, and the same page of the Bible.

 

The gospel of Luke reveals another similarity in these stories of desperation.

 

Luke 8:42 …his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.  As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. (NIV)

 

This was Jairus’ only child, she was only twelve years old and now she was dying!  Twelve years?

 

That happened to be the number of years that the woman had suffered with the issue of blood.

When this girl was born…                                   The woman developed a medical problem.

When this girl was one                           The woman probably wondered why she still suffered.

When the girl was five                             The woman’s fund and options were starting to get low.

Now the girl is twelve                                          The woman was at her height of desperation.

 

Now this story takes a twist that is normally only seen in Hollywood Movies.

On the twelfth year the desperate woman with the issue of blood is healed!

On the twelfth year the healthy young girl got sick… and now she is dead!

 

Jairus’ only daughter.  His Twelve-Year-Old Daughter was now dead.

 

Jairus was a ruler, a man of power, position and money, but he couldn’t buy life.  He was desperate.

 

Mark 5:37-40 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they

came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He

went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they

laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with

him, and went in where the child was. (NIV)

 

Often times when seeking a miracle from God, we will be ridiculed, desperation trumps ridicule

and nay-sayers.

 

Notice how Jesus didn’t argue with them.  He just separated Himself from them.

 

The Incredible Hope

 

Mark 5:41-42 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. (NIV)

 

This is Risen Hope!  This is Eternal Hope!  This is Living Hope!  This is The Incredible hope!

 

Have you ever been there?                      Been him?                                 Been her?

Maybe you are there now.                       You are just like him.     You are just like her?

You are desperate, tired, drained, and dirty.

 

Everything else in your life can be so together, but this one thing that makes you desperate, yet hopeful.

Desperately hopeful!

  • Illness took most of her hope.                 Death tried to still his hope.
  • But both placed what little bit of hope they had in the living God!

 

What takes your strength?

Over complicated schedule, family problems, long days on the wrong job, pregnant too soon, too much?

Or maybe you can’t get pregnant at all.  Sickness?  Addictions? Emotions?  Loneliness?

Feeling desperate, yet hopeful, desperately hopeful?

 

Good news!  Your hand is the hand Jesus loves to hold.

Christ Jesus has time for you.  He is extending hope to you today!

 

Next Step:  Memorize 1 Pet 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (NIV)

 

1 Peter 5:7 “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (NKJ)

Casting some of your cares upon Him?  No casting ALL your cares upon him!

 

Note: An issue of blood seems small in relation to a dying 12 year-old.

 

Faith builds when a person is healed.  The healing of the woman with an issue of blood was a faith builder.  You’re getting healed of a head cold may be the catalyst that allows a person with cancer to be healed.  Faith builds on Faith!

I believe that the Lord wants to show you how much “You, The Church” mean to Him.

He Loves You.  He Cares For You.  He has time for you.

And everything He suffered during His Passion, He did it with you mind.

 

Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

 

  1. Paul said in 1 Tim 4:9-10 “we have put our hope in the Living God”. How are you doing with that?  Over the last few weeks are you hoping more in God than in the other things we tend to hope in?

 

  1. Why was the woman in Mark 5 desperately hopeful? Did Jesus come through for her?

 

  1. Why was Jairus in Mark 5 desperately hopeful? Did Jesus give him what he initially hoped for?

 

  1. Has your hope in something ever been seriously dashed like Jairus’ hope was?

 

  1. Desperation can be brought on by either of the two situations we say in this story. – A long time problem and/or a sudden and unexpected turn of events.  Which have you had to deal with the most in your life?  Give an example of each.

 

  1. Our memory verse is 1 Peter 5:6-7. Why do we sometimes have to get desperate before we will cast our cares upon Jesus?

4-26-15 Promo

Of all the characters that we have met in The Incredible Hope drama, who do you relate to?

Whose life mirrors or comes close to your own?

Are you most like the incredible “Hope”?

Oh, that we would all be.  Full of Hope.  Helping others find their hope in Christ Jesus.

Maybe you are like the business man whose God was “the bottom line” before he passed away.

Or his business associate who was so busy that he had no time to grieve or consider the afterlife?

You may find yourself in a state of discouragement like Angelo?

A Godly person who trusted the Lord and saw his dreams coming true, but in the midst of hard

times needs others to come along beside him and encourage him.

But you may find yourself relating to GG?

A skeptic, yet a seeker.  You want there to be something or someone that you can put your

hope in.  You don’t want to be deceived.  You are cautiously considering the claims of Christ

Jesus.  But you find yourself desperate and, often times, lonely. All of us at one time or another have found ourselves desperate and in need of hope.

Join us this Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. as we conclude the Incredible Hope Drama and find “Hope” even in desperate times.

 

 

The Incredible Hope             “Hope Deferred”                   Believers Statesboro            04/19/15

Next Week Promo 4-19-15Hope gives you something to cling to when things don’t go the way you want them too.

Hope is a spark inside your soul that tells you that tomorrow things will be better.

Hope is like having an anchor in the future.

We have been talking about the Incredible Hope found only in Christ Jesus!

The Incredible Hope is based on A Risen Hope, A Living Hope, and An Eternal Hope

Hope Deferred Makes the Heart Sick

Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.  (NIV)

Yes that’s what we want!  The fulfillment of what we are hoping!  It’s like a tree of life.

But what happens when you are living with this incredible hope, and what you are hoping for never seems to come.  In other words you wait and hope, you wait and hope, and you wait and hope some more.  Now your hope is deferred and you begin to wavier in your hope.

Your heart does get heavy and you can feel sick, let down, or discouraged.

The sickness of deferred hope, if not treated can led to other problems.

 

  • Hope deferred can lead to more sickness.

 

Sickness left untreated normally gets worst rather than better.

Deferred hope can lead to discouragement and even depression.

The enemy of Hope is discouragement.

 

  • Hope deferred can cause you to stop taking your medicine.

 

“The treatments are not working, so why should I continue to take the medicine!”

One of the biggest dangers of deferred hope is that it can cause you to stop praying and believing.

 

  • Hope deferred can lead to serious infections.

 

Infections in your thought life, such as lies and deception.

 

John 8:44-45 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him.  When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! (NIV)

 
We all have to make a decision.  We all have to choose to believe the truth or a lie.

 

  • Hope deferred can lead to attempts to self-heal.

 

Self-Promotion.

 

Well if God’s not going to do anything then I will just take matters into my own hands!  (Trying to make something happen.)

 

God promised Abraham a son and it took 25 years for that promise to come true.

 

Gen 16:1-5 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children.  But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar;

 

At age 75 God promise Abram that he would have a son and many descendants would follow.  God changed his name to Abraham.  But this promise took 25 years to fulfill.  Isaac was born when Abraham was 100 years old.

 

Twenty Five Years would afford many opportunities for anyone to lose hope.

 

At the 10 year mark, when Abraham was 85, he and Sarah decided to take matters into their own hands and help God fulfill His promise.

 

2 so she (Sarai) said to Abram, “The LORD has kept me from having children.  Go, sleep with my maidservant;

perhaps I can build a family through her.”  Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 3 So after Abram had been living

in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his

wife. 4 He slept with Hagar, and she conceived.  When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her

mistress. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering.  I put my servant in

your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the LORD judge between you and

me.” (NIV)

 

Hagar bore a son named Ishmael.  The conflict between Sari and Hagar continued on with Isaac and Ishmael and still goes on today.

 

Gal 4:22-23 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. 23 His son by the slave woman was born in the ordinary way (according to the flesh NKJ); but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a promise. (NIV)

 

So we have to decide if we are going to do things according to our flesh or let God fulfill his promises

 

Next Step:  Consider the results of times when you have taken control of a situation and worked things out ‘in the flesh’ rather than resting in your hope in the Living God.

 

Surviving Deferred Hope

 

  1. Make Sure Your Hope is in The Living God

 

1 Tim 4:9-10 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance 10 (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe. (NIV)

 

Your hope may be deferred because you have put your hope in the wrong thing.

Last week we had a Next Step assignment that encouraged us to wrestle with the question of how much our hope is really in the Living God, compared to having our hope in something or someone else.

 

Having your hope in anything but Jesus will disappoint, all else will let you down.

 

Ps 43:5  Why are you downcast, O my soul?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (NIV)

 

  1. Make sure that what you are hoping for doesn’t become your god or idol.

 

What are you praying for?  What are you hoping for?

What will happen if God doesn’t cause it to come about?  What will you do?

 

Are you willing to lay what you are hoping for down on the altar.  Give it to God.

Saying, “God this is what I want, but if this is not what you want for me, I will accept that.  I will love and serve you anyway.”

 

  1. Make sure that sin isn’t hindering the process.

 

Hebrews 10:22  let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. (NIV)

 

Often times God wants to bless you, God wants to give you what you are hoping for, but you are the holdup.  You are the problem.  Your sin is blocking the flow of God’s full blessings and God knows that in your current condition you can’t handle what you are asking for.

 

 

2 Tim 2:19-22 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble

purposes and some for ignoble. 21 If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for

noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. 22 Flee the evil desires of

youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

(NIV)

 

  1. Hold On to the Promises of God.

 

Hebrews 10:32-39 “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.”

 

Is what you are hoping for based on a promise of God?  If so, do you know that promise?

 

John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (NIV)

 

Father God I thank you that you did not send your son Jesus into this world to condemn YOUR CHILDS NAME but to save YOUR CHILDS NAME.

 

2 Peter 3:9  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (NIV)

 

I thank you Jesus that you have been patient with YOUR CHILDS NAME because you don’t want him/her to perish either.  I agree with your word that it is your will that YOUR CHILDS NAME comes to repentance and faith in you.

 

Acts 2:39  The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off– for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (NIV)

 

I thank you Lord that you not only called me, but you are also calling YOUR CHILDS NAME unto salvation and you didn’t just want to fill me with your Holy Spirit, but you want to fill YOUR CHILDS NAME with the promised Holy Spirit too!

 

NEXT STEP: Find a promise in God’s word concerning what you are hoping for.

 

  1. Stand in Faith and Have Patience.

 

Hebrews 6:11-12 We inherit the promises of God through faith and patience.

 

Patience is also one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit being produced in your life.  Patience is a by-product of being filled with the Holy Spirit.  So based on your patience, how full of the Holy Spirit are you?

 

  1. Prepare yourself for what God has for you.

 

This applies to those of you who are hoping that God is going to use you in some special way for His purposes.

2 Tim 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NIV)

 

Get yourself ready; be fully equipped for every good work.  Not just some good works, but for every good work.  Be equipped and ready so that when God says move, you won’t be the hold up!

 

  1. Be thankful for your current situation.

 

1Thes 5:16-18 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

 

NEXT STEP: If you are hoping for something better in a particular situation, make a list of things you are currently thankful for in that same situation.

 

  1. Wait On the Lord

 

Ps 27:14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. (NIV)

 

You may say, “Waiting in hope was what got me here in the first place.  Remember hope deferred makes my heart sick!”  I agree with you and I agree with the word of God.  But all I can say is yes “wait”.  Wait some more, wait on the Lord.

 

Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

 

  1. In your own words explain what Proverbs 13:12 means? “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.”

 

  1. As you hoped and believed for something, what lies has Satan told you in the past (John 8:44-45)?

 

  1. Abraham took matters into his own hands and it caused him a lot of heart ache. Have you ever taken matters into your own hands rather than hoping in God?  What were the results?

 

  1. Have you ever let something you were hoping for become an idol in your life?

 

  1. Give me one promise from God’s word concerning what you are hoping for?

 

  1. Concerning something you are hoping will happen, give me one thing you can be thankful for right now.

 

Picnic 15

We are celebrating 14 years May 3rd! Join us for a picnic celebration with games for all ages and inflatable for the children. We will provide the Fried Chicken and Tea, you bring a side dish/dessert to share! Stop by the Welcome Center to sign up to volunteer.

Baptism April

 

Have you given your life to Christ? Want to share it with everyone? Baptism Sunday is May 3rd at Believers! Sign up today for our Outdoor Baptism the day of our Church Picnic. Call the church at 681.1440!

Newcomers Lunch

April 21st, 2015

Newcomers Lunch

New to Believers and ready to take a “Next Step” to find out more? Join us for our Newcomers Lunch this Sunday right after the 11 am service. Find out how we got started and about our vision for the future. RSVP by calling 912.681.1440!

Next Week Promo 4-19-15

Hope you’re not missing The Incredible Hope!

On Easter Sunday we began a journey with “Incredible Hope” and her skeptical assistant GG.  Hope shared with GG the all-inclusive work of Jesus seen in Isaiah 53:5.  This past Sunday Hope was upset by a rude customer mocking the death of a business associate.  Talk of death reminded her of the loss of her husband, Jim.  But in recalling the loss,  Hope was able to share with GG the Eternal Hope that all believers inherit.

Join us this Sunday as Hope and GG deals with their discouraged friend Angelo.  His Italian Restaurant that he always dreamed of opening is not doing well and he feels his hope drifting away.

Together we will all learn how to overcome the heart sick feeling of deferred hope.

Join us at 9 or 11 a.m. and don’t forget The Incredible Hope Challenge! Join us every week during this series and turn in your Communication Card every Sunday and receive a free Believers T-Shirt at our Anniversary Picnic Celebration!

Speaking of the picnic, sign up in the foyer to help serve on Team 1“Set Up”, Team 2 “Food Serving Team”, Team 3 “Clean Up.”  Those serving on these teams 1 and 2 can attend the 9 a.m. service on May 3rd.  We are also looking for a volunteer to run the Basket Ball games, Volley Ball games, and Frisbee Golf as well!

 

 

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The Incredible Hope “Eternal Hope”   Believers Statesboro   04-12-15

 

Hope

Even the sound of that word can lift your spirits when you’re down.  Hope keeps you going when life seems to be going nowhere or going in the wrong direction.

 

  • Hope gives you something to cling to when you’ve lost your job, your health or someone you love. Hope is a spark inside your soul that tells you that tomorrow things will be better.

 

  • Hope is like having an anchor in the future.

 

But the problem with hope is that it is always based upon uncertainty.

 

Ex:       “I hope it will not rain tomorrow.” That kind of hope is a wish, not a certainty.

 

We can hope all we like for something, and all the indications may be that it will come true.  However, life is unpredictable, and things can change at the last moment to dash all our hopes.

 

Biblical Hope

 

In the Bible, however, there is a unique kind of hope that is never a wish.

  • It is always based upon an absolute certainty.

 

  • You can hope for these things with the utter confidence that they will happen

 

The world desperately looks for Hope.  But the gods of this world never satisfy.  They never come through for you.

Jesus is the only one that can give us a true, enduring, and eternal hope.

 

1 Tim 4:9-10 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance 10  (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe. (NIV)

 

Next Step:  This week I will consider where I have placed my hope. The Living God or something else?

 

The Resurrection!

 

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

 

If Jesus hadn’t been raised from the dead, God would have lost.  If Christ wasn’t raised from the dead, death would have won.  We would have no hope.  Our faith would be worthless, and death would be our end.  The resurrection of Christ Jesus gives us an “Incredible Hope”!

 

The Incredible Hope

 

A Risen Hope

 

1 Corinthians 15:17-19 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.

 

A Living Hope

 

1 Corinthians 15:20-22  But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.

22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.  (NIV)

 

1 Peter 1:3  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (NIV)

 

A living hope through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead!

 

Not a dead meaningless hope.  Not a hope based on the uncertainties of this world, but a living hope; a hope that you can live with every day.

 

A Eternal Hope

 

Because of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection, we have eternal life!

John 3:14-16 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

15 “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  (NKJ)

 

The fact that the Resurrection occurred, the fact that it is true, gives us hope.

It gives us Incredible Hope!                    “Eternal Hope!”

 

Titus 3:4-7 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. (NIV)

 

Next Step:  Realizing I am an eternal being I will live my life with a sense of eternity!

 

Flesh and Blood Cannot Inherit the Kingdom of God

 

1 Corinthians 15:50-55, 57 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 55 “Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?”              57        But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  (NIV)

God is the God of the Living

 

Mark 12:26-27 Now about the dead rising– have you not read in the book of Moses, in the account of the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ 27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.  You are badly mistaken!” (NIV)

 

God is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.

  • The world refers to these guys as dead. / God refers to them as alive.

 

Jesus told Martha in John 11:25 “… I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”

 

The Big Picture

 

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling,3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.5 Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.7 We live by faith, not by sight.8   We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.  (NIV)

 

NKJ      2 Corinthians 5:8  We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

           

NIV       2 Corinthians 5:8  We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

 

Next Step:  Memorize 2 Corinthians 5:8

 

Physical Death is a Homecoming

 

Isaiah 51:11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.  (KJV)

 

Rev 21:1-7 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them.  They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”  Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. (NIV)

 

Rev 14:13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” (NIV)

 

To Have Loved Greatly is to Hurt Greatly

 

People say, “Don’t cry for me when I’m gone!”  I say that I would be upset if no one cries at my funeral.

  • Sure, it’s a coming home celebration day. Sure, I will be in a better place.
  • But I am leaving, and I hope that someone will miss me here on this earth!

 

Why?  Because the pain and grief that we will experience at the death of a loved one is proportional to the love that we have for them in this present life.

 

Therefore… It’s Ok to be sad at his leaving.                    It’s Ok to mourn.

 

Jesus said in Matthew 5:4  “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

 

Psalms 34:18  “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  (NIV)

 

Romans 8:28  ‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.’

 

King David’s Hope

 

2 Sam 12:15-23 Then Nathan departed to his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and it became ill. 16 David therefore pleaded with God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.17 So the elders of his house arose and went to him, to raise him up from the ground.  But he would not, nor did he eat food with them.18 Then on the seventh day it came to pass that the child died.  And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead.  For they said, “Indeed, while the child was alive, we spoke to him, and he would not heed our voice.  How can we tell him that the child is dead?  He may do some harm!”19 When David saw that his servants were whispering, David perceived that the child was dead. Therefore David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?”  And they said, “He is dead.” 20 So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped.  Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate.21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done?  You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” 22 And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ 23 “But now he is dead; why should I fast?  Can I bring him back again?  I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”  (NKJ)

 

This is our Hope.  This is our Incredible Hope.  This is our Eternal Hope.

 

Our loved ones will not be able to come back to us, but because of our faith in the resurrected and redeeming Jesus, we can one day go to be with Him and our loved ones for all of eternity!

 

SALVATION CALL:

Are you confident of that?

Do you know for sure that you will spend all of eternity with Christ Jesus?

Does your spirit bear witness with the Spirit of God that you are a child of God?

 

Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

 

  1. Think about and list some of the things that we put our “Hope” in.

 

  1. Paul said in 1 Tim 4:9-10 “we have put our hope in the Living God”. How are you doing at that?  What percentage of your hope is in God compared to the things in question one?

 

  1. What does Pastor Scott mean when he says that “We need to live with a sense of eternity?”

 

  1. How would living with a sense of eternity change our outlook and attitude here on earth?

 

  1. Besides Jesus, of course, who do you look forward to seeing in heaven and why?

REVELATION Part II

April 14th, 2015

Revelation Part 2 Promo Pic 2

We are in the second half of our study in the Book of Revelation and we would love for you to be a part of it. We meet at 7 PM for One Hour on Wednesday in the sanctuary for this study while Believing Kids, Promiseland and EDGE meet at the same time for age appropriate lessons. Look forward to seeing you Wednesday night!