I want the theme of my life and work to be HOPE!
Psalm 42 HOPE
In every circumstance, easy or hard, good or bad, I need to hope in God.
On July 16, I had the privilege of preaching a sermon on Psalm 42 entitled "An Old Hope."
The preparation for the sermon was so helpful in my own life. In preaching the sermon, I used the word "hope" over 70 times. However, it is my prayer that, even more than repeating the word "hope" that many times, those who hear the message are reminded and live in the hope that only Jesus Christ brings.
At the end of this sermon, I shared four prayers for the people at Trinity Baptist Church:
- Kids and youth, I pray that your parents and others would live in such a way that you see their hope in God and that God grows in you a deeper hope in Him.
- Young adults, I pray that the older believers in this church live and act on Sundays and every day in such a way that you know you are loved by God and others and that you desire to ask them how to live life for God’s glory and the good of others.
- Newer believers, I pray you would always remember the joy of your salvation and always be prayerfully seeking opportunities to grow formally and even more so informally.
- Older believers and long-time church members, I pray that you would remember and rejoice because the church has helped you grow in your love for God grew and continues to help you grow. While it may look a little or a lot different, pray that it will continue to focus on God and the hope he brings.
I am so thankful that I don't have to come up with creative and innovative ways to stir up hope.
I need to be filled up with God's Word and share God's Word with others.
Romans 15:4 HOPE
In teaching and reading scripture, I need to remember they were written to provide hope. At the our Children's Ministry Leaders/Helpers Kickoff Meeting at Trinity Baptist Church, this is part of the devotional I shared in the beginning from Hope: Living Confidently In God by John Crotts.
In the Bible, God has provided many wonderful records of his strength and his character. He has also provided many amazing promises that Christians can count on. Paul wrote today's verse as he looked back at the Old Testament. According to what Paul says in Romans, Bible stories are not just for Sunday school classes or for Bible trivia games - they were written "for our instruction" so that you might be encouraged. Their goal is to refocus your hope by reminding you of the greatness of God.
The stories in Scripture demonstrate that hope in God is solid, true, real, and effective. Those who hope in God can be used by him to do impossible things. If God was faithful to David and Moses, he will be faithful to you too. You have the exact same God, the God of the Bible.
If you are saved, remember, you have been saved
and you have
A LIVING HOPE.
As we live our lives, talk with people, and deal with good times and challenges,
hope in God.
As I teach, provide oversight to Trinity's ministries to children, families, and adults,
I want to proclaim our hope is in Christ and help others live in this hope.
As we go through life,
proclaim that ultimate hope is in Christ and help others do the same.
God-focused Hope is what we need.
Not the hope of this world.