by Fenton Moorhead

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Part 1 Hope Series 1/1/95
by Fenton Moorhead

What could be more appropriate to think of the birth of Christ, the life of Christ, His entire ministry in its
impact on the newness of the year -- 95 THE YEAR OF HOPE. That's our theme. Hope is a key Bible
word. It's mentioned throughout the Bible, especially throughout the New Testament.

The Apostle wrote, "Now abide faith, hope and love." So it's one of the trinity of virtues singled out in the
Bible that God says are so preeminent. Hope. And hope is an expectant look at the future. Instead of
frustration, anticipation. Realization, willingness to dream, to look forward and to imagine significance.
How my life, how your life, how our church can be significant at this time, this place, in 1995.

1995 those that studied the county in which we live out here in Fort Bend say that our population will
double in the next 5 years. We already have more master planned communities than any other county in the
United States--nine.

The building of a new shopping mall that will open by the end of 1996, our traffic, our drive-by (you will
believe this), 90,000 vehicles a day pass by our church. And so we are placed strategically in our
community. What a tremendous opportunity we have and so to be a congregation of hope, a people of
hope, we must individually be persons of hope. That we would think of significance. What does it mean to
be significant? Jesus had something special in mind --I'm going to ask you to read with me some verses of
Scripture from your outline this morning. John 15:4-5, & 8.

Would you read them in unison with me please. "Remain in Me and I will remain in you. No branch can
bear fruit by itself. It must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me. I am
the Vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in Me, and I in him, he will bear much fruit. Apart from
Me, you can do ...

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