Sunday Morning 3/6/11

Posted by Sherry

HIGHWAY OF HOPE

TITUS 1:1-2

CBC 3/6/11 SM

Hwy 67 between Prescott & Emmett is named “Highway of Hope”

What is that all about? (anybody know?)

EXPLANATION:

15-17 years ago Arkansas Legislature determined the road from Hope, AR to Hot Springs, AR would be designated the “Highway of Hope” as relating to the birthplace of Bill Clinton and the route he travelled to where he graduated High School.

I asked the State office of AR Hwy & Transportation this question, “I’m living on the Highway of Hope. What am I hoping for?”

Answer...Tourist traffic traveling between Hope & Hot Springs retracing Clinton’s path.

I only know how that effected me & quiet frankly it left me searching for something that would give me a little more HOPE! After all, this is a 17 year old project and they are just now putting up the signs on the highway

IT’S EASY TO LOSE “HOPE”

  • Men on road to Emmaus had lost hope b/c Jesus had been crucified...
    • hoping He would redeem Israel
  • Elijah lost hope and asked God to kill him
  • Job’s wife lost hope and told Job he should just curse God and die
  • U may be losing hope you’ll get to see any of the Super Bowl tonight if this lesson goes very long........lol....
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WHAT CAN WE “HOPE” FOR?

1PAUL, A bond servant of God and an apostle (a special messenger) of Jesus Christ (the Messiah) to stimulate and promote the faith of God's chosen ones and to lead them on to accurate discernment and recognition of and acquaintance with the Truth which belongs to and harmonizes with and tends to godliness,

2[Resting] in the hope of eternal life, [life] which the ever truthful God Who cannot deceive promised before the world or the ages of time began.

WHY IS HOPE SO IMPORTANT?

  • Hope to the human spirit is like oxygen to the physical body...lose hope get feelings...
    • senselessness
    • purposelessness
    • despair
  • Hope connects us to the future like memories connects us to the past
    • how do U know what happened in the past???
    • how do U know what’s going to happen in the future???
  • Hope defined: “Hope is, desire, w/ the expectation of getting what is desired.”
    • one cannot hope for something that is neither desired or expected
  • TEXT: our “HOPE” is Eternal Life
    • that is “desired”
    • that is “expected”
    • Based on WHAT????????

FIRST: THE WORD OF GOD

Romans 15:4 For whatever was thus written in former days was written for our instruction, that by [our steadfast and patient] endurance and the encouragement [drawn] from the Scriptures we might hold fast to and cherish hope.

  • Stories of Old give us hope
    • depressed - Elijah
    • scared - David
    • cheated - Joseph
    • crisis - Daniel
    • Hope found in Jesus Christ

SECOND: THE CROSS OF CHRIST

JOHN 15: 13No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends.

  • That kind of love gives us “HOPE”
    • love stated
    • love demonstrated
    • for purpose of our eternal life

THIRD: THE EMPTY TOMB

Romans 6: 3Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

4We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.

5For if we have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, we shall also be [one with Him in sharing] His resurrection [by a new life lived for God].

6We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin.

  • No longer slaves to sin
    • made “profession” of salvation but life hasn’t changed?????

2 Cor. 5: 17Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

  • hope of eternal life
    • & hope of better life in the present

CONCL:

  • Without Christ there is NO HOPE
  • “life with Christ is an endless hope, life without Christ is a hopeless end.”


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