15th March 2018

GROWTH 6-Hope 

“Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…”
Hebrews 6:17-19 (NKJV)
 

Finally we come to the last letter of the word GROWTH, the H, which stands for the word Hope. This should be a great motivator for all Christians, because we have a unique hope. A belief in the return of Jesus Christ, a belief we have been cleansed of our sins by Christ’s sacrifice, a belief that we are looking forward to a much better world, a belief that we will have eternal life (Titus 3:4-7). In other words, we may not know exactly how God will accomplish it, but we know He has a clear master plan in which we can have absolute faith and trust, a true and unique hope.

In Revelation 21, verse 4, it says that God will wipe away all tears, that there will be no more death, sorrow, crying or pain. In today’s world it’s difficult to understand how that can happen but that’s part of our unique hope as Christians. An important part of growth is to keep reminding ourselves of that hope; to stay focused on the incredible future ahead of us (1 Corinthians 2:9).

Equally when we have the opportunity to share our belief and faith in God with others, we should always start with hope, while praying for the wisdom to share our hope in the right way for that person. Which would you prefer to hear—a message that you are a sinner, who needs to repent; or a message that God loves you and that you, and all humanity, have the hope of a much better life in a much better, future world?

Sadly, it is probable that not everyone will accept that message of hope, but part of our growth is being able to deliver it in a humble, gentle and hopeful way. When doing so we need to remember we are not alone (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).

Prayer
Gracious Father, thank you for the awesome and unique hope we have. Help us to grasp and understand it, and to have the wisdom and opportunity to share it with others in a humble, sincere and gentle way. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen
 

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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