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Hope Defined, Hope Abounding

Good News, Great Joy, All People
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Messianic Expectation 

Prophet greater than Moses 
King greater than David 
Priest greater than Aaron 
Servant suffering more than Israel
Sage wiser than Solomon 

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

– Romans 15:13 

1. HOPE DEFINED

“…waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”

– Titus 2:13 -14

“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”

 – 2 Peter 3:8-9

“…having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints”

– Ephesians 1:18 

2. HOPE ABOUNDING

 “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. ”

– 1 John 3:1

 “You prepare a table before me

    in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

    my cup overflows…”

– Psalm 23:5 

“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

John 10:10

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”

– Philippians 4:4

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

– Romans 15:4

“I will put enmity between you and the woman,

    and between your offspring and her offspring;

he shall bruise your head,

    and you shall bruise his heel.”

– Genesis 3:15

“Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. 19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.” 

– Romans 5:18-19

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: 

  1. Throughout Scripture, hope is illustrated as a helmet and an anchor. Why do you think that is?
  2. What area of your life do you need to be preaching to yourself, “HOPE IN GOD”? 
  3. Who do you know that is abounding in joy and peace? What is different about them?