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Certain Hope in an Uncertain World: Shameless Hope
August 5, 2018

Certain Hope in an Uncertain World: Shameless Hope

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

The summer of hope continues!  This week we leave 1 Peter and look at one of the most hopeful passages in Paul’s letter to the Romans.  In Romans 5, the Apostle Paul begins to connect faith to the reality of life.  Faith is simply believing in God’s promises to us.  In chapter 4, Abraham believed God and by this faith Abraham was declared righteous by God.  When we believe in Jesus, we claim the promise of God’s salvation through Christ, the Messiah, and God declares us to be saved by grace.  Paul helps us to understand the full impact of this faith in our lives, but especially the great hope that God shares with us.  In our series “Certain Hope in An Uncertain World” we take a look at this “Shameless Hope.”  This is a hope that will not let us down!  As you read Romans 5:1-8 let it give you a vision of how God is forging in your heart a hope that will never leave you!  Romans 5:1-8: Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (NIV)

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