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Is Your Hope Alive? (2 of 16)
Series: There's Hope
1 Peter 1:3-9
We have started this book in the Bible which has as its theme "hope." These messages I'm going to share with you from I Peter are built around the theme "There's Hope." Our advertising promotion has been this year "Come Home" and will continue sometime. What we're saying to people is, "Come home, there's hope."
The big fisherman, Simon Peter himself, is the one who has penned, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, this book in the Bible which has as its theme "hope." Today we're looking at I Peter 1, verses 3 through 9.
Do you know what it is to lose hope? Do you know what it is to come to an experience or place in your life and it seems to you there is no hope, there is nothing ahead, there is no future for you? Simon Peter knew what it was to lose hope. He denied that he even knew the Lord. Shortly thereafter, the Lord was crucified on a cross, buried in a tomb, and Simon Peter lost his hope. In fact, his words could well have been the words spoken by the two disciples on the road to Emmaus when they were discussing the death of the Lord Jesus. They said, "We had hoped that He was the one." That's the way Simon Peter felt. He had lost his hope.
I talked last Sunday about this whole matter of hope and how vital hope is and how important hope is to our life. You cannot live a happy life apart from hope. You have to have hope if you're going to have any happiness in your life whatsoever.
The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is our hope. When we come to the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior, He brings that hope into our life. Ephesians 2, verse 12, tells us that those who do not know Christ, those who are without Christ, are without hope and they are without God in the world. How awful it is to try to live your life without any hope.
Hope is the anchor which stabilizes our life in stormy days. Hope is the telescope which brings the promises of God to the eye of faith enabling us to live our present existence on the basis of the future promises of God.
How awful not to have any hope whatsoever in your life. It's difficult enough to face fearless, sleepless nights in a hospital, but think about experiencing those fearless, sleepless nights without Christ and without hope. It's hard to deal with a wayward child, but think about dealing with that wayward child without Christ and without hope. It is hard to go through a painful divorce, but think about going through a painful divorce without Christ and without hope. It's difficult to hear bad news from a doctor about a terminal disease, but think about hearing that kind of news without Christ and without hope. What an awful thing to live without hope.
Something happened in the life of Simon Peter which restored his hope. In the light of that, which we will deal with soon, Simon Peter has given this book about hope, and you will discover that he has a great deal to ...
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