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God's Spiritual Stimulus Plan – Hope (4 of 14)
Series: God's Spiritual Stimulus Plan
INTRODUCTION: Driving home from work one day a man stopped to watch a little league baseball game that was being played in the park near his home. As he sat down on the bench behind the first-baseline, he asked one of the boys what the score was. The boy answered with a smile, "We're behind fourteen to nothing." He said "Really, I have to say you don't look discouraged." With a puzzled look on his face the boy answered "Discouraged? Why should we be discouraged? We haven't been up to bat yet."
Today I want to talk about hope. Some people think of hope as "believing what you know ain't so." But that is not the Biblical idea of hope. Biblically, hope carries the idea of "confident expectation" and I think we'll see that clearly in the verses we study today.
I'm in a sermon series based upon Paul's letter to the Philippians. I've entitled the series "God's spiritual stimulus plan." We're looking at the plan God has to keep our spirits strong in the midst of a weak and sickly economy. We've already talked about the importance of spiritual relationships. We've also talked about the power of the gospel to transform our chains. Today I want us to see the spiritual stimulus of hope which is critical to our spiritual health and well-being. Today I want us to see four ways in which we have hope and how that stimulates our spirit.
I. WE HAVE HOPE FOR THE OUTSIDE
Philippians 1:18b-19 "Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance."
When I say hope for the "outside" I'm talking about our external circumstances. When it came to Paul's external circumstances his hope was for deliverance. By way of reminder, Paul wrote the Philippian letter from house arrest in Rome. He was awaiting trial ...
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