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Certain Hope in an Uncertain World: Conquering Hope
July 8, 2018

Certain Hope in an Uncertain World: Conquering Hope

Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: Certain Hope in an Uncertain World

As we encounter life, we can be certain of death and taxes, but also bitterness and suffering.  How do we find a certain hope in a world filled with bitterness and suffering?  It seems that we watch an ongoing parade of misery and pain!  It was much the same for the believers of the first century.  The power of Rome was unquestioned and unsympathetic to the non-Roman citizen.  They had the added burden of being rejected by people, even their families, because they followed Jesus.  In 1 Peter 3:9-18, Peter tells them of a hope that is able to confront bitterness and conquer the despair of suffering.  In our series, Certain Hope in an Uncertain World, we seek to bring this Conquering Hope into the reality of our lives.  It will not only help us survive in difficult times, but it will also help us to be a light of hope to others!  As you read 1 Peter 3:9-18, find the conquering hope that will lift you into the presence of Jesus, and let it challenge you to be a light of hope.  1 Peter 3:9-18: 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.10 For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.11 They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. (NIV)

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