Hope is Born
Sunday, December 10, 2017
1.Biblical hope is NOT a longing / wishing for something that has the CHANCE of not happening.
(1 Corinthians 13:13; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Romans 5:1-5; 1 Timothy 1:1)
2. Into DARKNESS, LIGHT dawned.
(Genesis 1:1-3; Isaiah 9:2)
3. Into destruction, a way of RESCUE came, and a PROMISE was made.
(Genesis 5:5-7; Genesis 6:8-9,22; Genesis 9:13,15)
4.Into the face of cruel injustice, MERCY was poured out, life was spared, and evil was OVERCOME.
(Genesis 37-50; Genesis 50:18-20)
5. Into loss, pain, and agony – compassion and RESTORATION were poured out.
(Job 1, 17:15, 42:10; James 5:11)
6. Into aimlessness and fear came a HOME and came REST.
(Exodus 1-12, 3:8; Numbers 13-14, 14:1-2,11; Joshua 1-5, 1:9; Deuteronomy 12:10)
Taking it further to help you THRIVE…
1.Is the hope you cling to…biblical hope? (Explain.)
2.Describe a time when you have experienced clearly the light / illumination of Christ in your life in a specific way.
3.When something good is birthed out of something bad, it seems in some ways to make it worth it all. When has something like this happened to you, and how did your perspective change as a result of it?
4.The Israelites didn’t put their trust in God’s promise; rather, they put their trust in their fear. What are you afraid of? How might these fears be preventing you from moving forward?