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Certain Hope in an Uncertain World: Nonperishable
June 24, 2018

Certain Hope in an Uncertain World: Nonperishable

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

We begin our new summer sermon series this Sunday!  There is a rising tide of despair in American society.  We need hope, but where do we turn?   What can we depend upon to lift us from the darkness of despair into the warm light of hope?  This was also an important question for the early Christians.  They were enduring hardship and difficulty, as well as rejection and abuse.  The Apostle Peter writes to encourage these Christians and through the Holy Spirit lift them into the enduring light of God’s hope.  Our summer sermon series, Certain Hope in an Uncertain World, seeks to shine God’s light of hope into our present despair.  In the first sermon, Nonperishable, we discover that God wants to give us meaning that will last and a hope that is dynamic!  We use 1 Peter 1:1-9 to journey beyond despair into a brighter light of hope.  1Peter 1:1-9: Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance. 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith– of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire– may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (NIV)

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