Certain Hope in an Uncertain World: Where is Hope?
Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: Certain Hope in an Uncertain World
We continue our summer of hope! We all need a hope that will transform our circumstances and help us to see the possibilities. The problem in our world is finding such a hope. The Apostle Peter is writing to Christians who are enduring difficult times and they are wondering, “Where is the hope?” In our series “Certain Hope in an Uncertain World,” Peter writes in 1 Peter 5:5-14 about a “Transforming Hope” that is able to restore us, make us strong and give us a solid foundation for our lives. Even though it is Christ who shares this hope with us, there are some basic things we can do in order to strengthen this hope in our lives. As you read 1 Peter 5:5-14, notice the action words that Peter uses to encourage these early Christians. The Holy Spirit intends for these words to help us find a greater hope for all of our life! 1 Peter 5:5-14: In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. 12 With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. 13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ. (NIV)