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Sermons on Hope

A Hope-Filled Greeting

Ephesians 1:1-2 The book of Ephesians is a book that offers great hope to Christians, It offers hope as it lays out a Christians identity – what it means to be “in Christ”; and it offers hope that Christians can live lives that please the Lord in a world broken by sin. These truths are seen even here, in the introduction to…

The Light Shines in the Darkness

Luke 22:63-71 As we consider the Jewish trials of Jesus, we discover that they were filled with darkness. The laws broke by the Jewish authorities in the first two “pretrials” are numerous, but this was due to the hardness of their hearts, the darkness of their minds and their hatred of Jesus; and the trial held during the day only served to…

Hope in the Midst of Sin and Misery – Part 2

Luke 22:31-38 In the Upper Room on the night Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, the sin and misery of the world was on full display – and yet in the mist of it there is great hope for Christ’s followers. In part one (10/8/17, Luke 22:21-30) we saw this sin and misery in Judas’ evil betrayal of Jesus, and yet there was…

Hope in the Face of Sin and Misery – Part 1

Luke 22:21-30 In many of the interactions in the Upper Room, the sin and misery of the world is put on full display. We see it first in the treachery of Judas in betraying the Lord. Even after walking and talking with him for three-plus years, seeing him perform miracles, listening to his authoritative teaching and seeing his compassion for sinners –…

Preparing the Way – Looking to the Eternal

Isaiah 40_06-08 We talk much about “hope” during the advent season, but the world offers little true hope – only vague uncertainties. But in this passage we find hope for in it we are reminded of that which is eternal – which is therefore of great importance. The stuff of the flesh – people and all other created matter – is impermanent.…