Jesus Christ: Our Living Hope I Peter 1:3-9 December 15-16, 2012 Pastor John Lloyd

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1 Jesus Christ: Our Living Hope I Peter 1:3-9 December 15-16, 2012 Pastor John Lloyd Each year millions of people celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was born to bring hope to all of mankind. He was confronting a world that had lost its hope. He brought hope to the hopeless. We re praying that God will use us to be His beacon of hope to everyone we see this Christmas season. No one is beyond the reach of the transforming power of God. Enjoying the Journey, Pastor John hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade-- kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith-- of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-- may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Big Idea: A living hope is possible because Jesus Christ is alive! I. Hope is born in me, when I realize my need for. hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

2 Lamentations 3:21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Luke 18:13) Ezekiel 37:11 Then he said to me: "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.' (Ephesians 2:12) Isaiah 20:5 Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be afraid and put to shame. (I Timothy 6:17) 1Timothy 1:15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-- of whom I am the worst. Living Hope is born in the soil of God s mercy. II. brings hope, hope brings resurrection life. hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, Acts 23:6 Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, "My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee. I stand on trial because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead." (Acts 2:26) 1Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, (Psalm 71:5) Hope lives in me because Jesus lives in me!

3 III. Living Hope and this world. I Peter 1:4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade-- kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. C.S. Lewis 1Corinthians 15:25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth thrown in : aim at earth and you will get neither. C.S. Lewis Colossians 1:27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Titus 2:13) Jesus victory is my victory! IV. Living Hope with every trial I face. I Peter 1:6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith-- of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-- may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

4 Romans 5:3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. 2Corinthians 1:7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. (I John 3:3) 1Peter 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, ( I Thessalonians 2:19-20) Psalm 39:7 "But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. Psalm 62:5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. Other men see only a hopeless end, but the Christian rejoices in an endless hope. -- Gilbert Beenken Prayer: Lord use us to be a beacon of hope to those searching for hope this Christmas season. May we stay connected to you, as the living hope, through every situation that we face. 2Thessalonians 2:16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. Pray and invite a friend to next week s services: Saturday at 4, Sunday at 8:15, 9:45, 11:30AM.

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