In the start of the Advent sermon series, Pastor Will spoke on what it means to have a True Hope.
The word advent simply means “coming” or “arrival.” This season is about celebrating the revelation of God in Christ, whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. When Jesus was born, God called him Emmanuel, which means “God with us.”
When we accept the truth of the gospel, we are filled with the hope that God can and will intervene in every situation.
Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Ephesians 2:12 Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
When we don’t have a relationship with Christ we are disconnected from God, there is nothing in the life of an unbeliever that will satisfy the emptiness of his soul
A life without hope births misery, and creates a burden too heavy for anyone to bear.
Hebrews 6:19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain.
When there is no hope our mind cannot be calm nor secure. If you aren’t experiencing hope with joy in your life, then you might have counterfeit hope. However, there is hope and it is the one true hope that is available for everyone who believes, that hope is Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Hope in Jesus will never disappoint us or leave us ashamed.
Jesus doesn’t just show us the way; he is the way. Jesus doesn’t give us some truth; he is the truth. Jesus doesn’t just give us life; He himself is the life. Jesus doesn’t just give us hope; Jesus is our hope. True hope can only be found in Jesus