Sermon Notes: Pastor Rafael- Hope Sermon Series Week 1: The Hope Of The World
Romans 15:4, 8-13: Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.
8Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises he made to their ancestors. 9 He also came so that the Gentiles might give glory to God for his mercies to them. That is what the psalmist meant when he wrote:
“For this, I will praise you among the Gentiles;
I will sing praises to your name.” 10 And in another place it is written, “Rejoice with his people, you Gentiles.” 11 And yet again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles. Praise him, all you people of the earth.”
12 And in another place Isaiah said, “The heir to David’s throne will come, and he will rule over the Gentiles. They will place their hope on him.” 13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Hope is commonly used to mean a “wish”. Its focus or strength is found in the person’s desire.
- Hope is based on a desire to see a specific outcome.
- Biblical hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised, and its focus is in His faithfulness.
- It is confidence placed in the person, and not on an outcome. Rooted in the faithfulness of the promise-keeper, and not in the desired outcome. It is a choice to wait.
There are a couple different words for Hope:
- Qavah (kaw-vaw)- Hebrew
- to wait for, look eagerly for, hope, expect, linger for
- Qav (kav)- Hebrew
- Cord, line; tension while waiting
- Elpizo (El-pid’-zo)- Greek
- To hope; Hopefully to trust in
“Biblical hope is focused on a person different than optimism. Optimism is choosing to see how in any situation things could work out for the best. Biblical hope is not focused on circumstances. There’s often no evidence that things will get better, but you choose hope anyway.” They added, “It is God’s past faithfulness that motivates hope for the future. We look forward by looking backwards, trusting in nothing more than God’s character.”~The Bible Project
We like to call this History with God!
- Some of you have a lot of history with God.
- That means you have experienced His faithfulness first hand in your life.
- Some of you don’t have history with God. This is GREAT!
- This means God is inviting you to experience His faithfulness.
In light of the Biblical meaning of hope (to wait or look eagerly for; hopefully trust in), I’d like to share an acrostic that came to my mind as I was preparing.
I want you to think that He (God) is at work every day of our lives. So, we CHOOSE to put our hope in HIM. Hope is an offer, you can take it or leave it!
Three things I want to high-light in this passage:
1 – God is HOPE.
13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him.
- This is VERY important! Paul says “I pray that God,the SOURCE of hope”
- Webster defines SOURCE as: A generative force; A point of origin
- If God is the SOURCE of hope, this means hope comes from one place and ONE place ONLY. Hope comes from, and is generated from, God alone!
- The Greek verb Elpizo (El-pid’-zo) focuses on a PERSON, and it means to HOPEFULLY TRUST IN!
13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him.
- Because you trust in him!This is the key.
- Some of you need peace and joy in your life. TRUST him!
- It begins with understanding where hope comes from.
- Ideal circumstances do not produce hope. Your trust in Him, and your history with Him does.
- Hope is generated from God and hope is to TRUST in God!
- Trust in God’s character, trust in God’s in His faithfulness, and TRUST in His promises!
- NO TRUST = NO HOPE
- If you place your hope, YOUR TRUST, in anything else you will become hopeless.
- Your source of hope CANNOT be your desire.
- Your source of hope CANNOT be an outcome.
- God’s character can be trusted!
What about people who do not have the right view/knowledge of the character of God?
- Remember, just because you have not experienced something, does not mean it isn’t true or it doesn’t exist.
- If you have not experienced God’s true character as; a loving, faithful, merciful, graceful, and ever present Father, ask Him to show you who He is.
- If I tell you who He is, it is just information. You remain unchanged.
- HOWEVER, when you discover who He is, by experiencing His eternal attributes, it becomes a lot more than information. It becomes the foundation of your life. It becomes the foundation of what you believe.
We have to learn His promises and His character, but how do we do that?
- It is impossible to have hope without trusting God. Trusting God positions us for hope!
- Paul quoted the prophesy from the prophet Isaiah (11:10):
- 12 And in another place Isaiah said, “The heir to David’s throne will come, that’s Jesus and he will rule over the Gentiles. That’s us!! They will place their hope on him.”
- The prophet Isaiah declared before we were even a thought in our parents’ minds that WE will place our HOPE in Jesus!
- We who place our hope, our TRUST, in Jesus are a fulfillment to a prophesy in the word of God!
2 – Holy Spirit gives us confident hope
13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
This is where Holy Spirit comes in.
- The Hebrew word Qavah (Kaw-vaw)
- means to wait; to look eagerly for
- The word Qav (Kav) in “Qavah” means cord which gives the word hope that feeling of tension in the waiting.
Can anyone relate to the tension we could feel while waiting? Share.
- A tension between our current reality and our trust in Jesus.
We will OVERFLOW with confident hopethrough the power of the Holy Spirit.
If you are a believer, a disciple of Christ (a learner), then you CANNOT afford to do things without Him.
- It is through the power of Holy Spirit that we can have a CONFIDENT HOPE!
- The tension will be there, but it is Holy Spirit who helps us overflow with confident hope.
- We love our independence, but when it comes to the Kingdom of God we are slaves. We have to submit to Holy Spirit.
I see the tension of waiting on God to be similar to the purpose of pain.
- Our bodies need pain in order to tell us something is wrong and action is needed.
- The tension in the waiting is a sign that we must invite Holy Spirit into that tension.
- I tell my boys when they’re playing a sport, “C.P.D.”!
- Which means: Confident, Powerful, Dangerous.
- Holy Spirit wants to make you “C.P.D.” in your hope in Christ.
- He wants to make you confident in God’s character, powerful in overcoming the tension as you wait, and dangerous to the enemy’s camp.
Romans 5:3- We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Problems and trials have the potential of strengthening our confident HOPE of salvation.
- Whenever I feel things are hopeless around me, whether in my mind or situation, I think back on when/how I got saved.
- If you have experienced the hope of salvation, I encourage you to think BACK about what Jesus did in your life. Then, be confident in what He will do in the future.
Besides your salvation, what are other ways God has shown you His faithfulness and that He can be trusted, hoped in?
3 – The Bible gives us hope:
15:4 Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.
- If you need hope, read the Bible. If you need encouragement, read the Bible! It’s that easy, right? Wrong!
- Just as in prayer, we don’t see the immediate benefits when reading the scriptures.
- Plus it’s not easy, because our enemy (Satan) wants to keep us from having the hope and encouragement that comes from the Bible.
- The scriptures also provide us with a glimpse into God’s character.
- In this upside-down kingdom we look forward by looking backwards.
- What does Pastor mean by this statement? How have you seen it to be true in your own life?
A couple of examples from our own team on how the Bible provides hope:
- Sarah states: “CHOOSING hope is very important to me. In my anxiety, I HAVE TO choose hope. Reading Psalms EVERYDAY has helped me to choose hope. It’s not a onetime thing.”
- So many times we treat the word of God like going to the gym. We think that by eating healthy one week, and going to the gym three times we should IMMEDIATELY reap those benefits.
- It’s EVERYDAY. Sometimes when we don’t feel like it. Sometimes when we don’t have the time.
If you want the hope and encouragement from God’s word, you may have to make room on that plate! Your plate is too full with other things that will not give you the nutrients you need to be healthy. Is your plate too full? What can you shift?
- Susie’s story: “For several years the word hope and I did not get along. I was going through a really difficult time, and someone would always try to encourage me and tell me that I just have to have hope. Every time someone said it, it would just leave me mad and frustrated. It felt like Christian cliché to me, empty words. No matter how much I would try to have hope, stuff never got better. I didn’t want to hear it anymore. This past winter as I was going through a rough time again, I was confronted with the word hope again and I was sick of it. I went to God and told him exactly how I felt about hope. Over the next few days, God began to show me through scripture that the reason hope wasn’t working for me was because the object of my hope was wrong. I was looking for circumstances to change or people to change, but that isn’t where my hope should be. He showed me in Ps 33:20-22 “We put our hope in the Lord, He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone”.It was one of many verses God used to teach me that I needed to trust in His character and His love for me, and that is where I would place my hope.
What do you feel when you hear the word hope? Do you feel like Susie did?
- Susie said, “I went to God and told him exactly how I felt about hope.” That’s where it begins! Being honest with God about how you feel, and why you feel that way. Is it easy or hard for you to be honest with God about your feelings?
- Then you have to TELL OTHERS. Susie didn’t like what those around her where saying.
- These stories are history with God. We need to get around people who have history with God.
Do you have history with God? A story to share to help build hope in those around you? Who needs to hear it? Ask Holy Spirit to show you who.
- We need relationship with other people while in the waiting, but even more important is God’s revelation.
- Susie said, “God began to show me through scripture that the reason hope wasn’t working for me was because the object of my hope was wrong. I was looking for circumstances to change or people to change, but that isn’t where my hope should be.”
- If you are in the midst of a hopeless situation, you have to receive the revelation from God and wrestle with it.
Revelation+Relationship+Choice. Explain what this means.
Who are you placing your hope on? Is your hope misplaced? Have you placed your trust in God?
Psalm 39:7 And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.
Practical: Write this verse on sticky notes and put it on the mirror in your bathroom, car, computer, fridge, microwave, treadmill. Wherever you will see it everyday to remind you where you should put your hope on. Read Psalm for the holidays– You Version Bible app has a 31 day psalm reading plan.
Psalm 33:20-22 “We put our hope in the Lord, He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.”
Ephesians 2:11 Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called “uncircumcised heathens” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts. 12 In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. 13 But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.
What other verses do you stand on when you need hope?
What one thing can you start/do/change today to make a conscious choice to liver from hope in a specific situation?