Sermon About Hope: Live on Hope Romans 5:1-5

Sermon About Hope: Live on Hope Romans 5:1-5

Definition of hope: The expectation of something desired Desire + expectation = hope
        ◦ A contrast: Hope is the joyful expectation of something good. Fear is the dreadful expectation of something bad
        ◦ Hope always looks ahead (Rom. 8:24-25; Heb. 11:1)

Hope is associated with other important principles
    • Hope is associated with other important principles
        ◦ One of the “big three” (1 Cor. 13:13; 1 Thess. 1:3)
        ◦ Hope without faith is vain {empty} (1 Cor. 15:14, 17-19)
    • The source of all hope - - “of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel” (Col. 1:5)

According to the Bible, hope is a confident expectation and anticipation of good things to come, even when circumstances seem difficult or uncertain. 

Hope is a key component of faith and an essential part of the Christian life.

The Bible offers many examples of hope in action. In Romans 8:24-25, the apostle Paul writes, "For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently." Here, 

Paul emphasizes the importance of trusting in God's promises and having faith in His plans, even when we don't yet see the full fruition of those promises.

Do you live in hope? What is your hope? In whom or what do you put your hope? Is your hope reflected in who you are, what we say and do? Why do you have hope?


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I. A Hope that Does Not Disappoint (Romans 5:1-5)

Our journey begins with a hope that does not disappoint. In Romans 5:1-5, the apostle Paul reminds us that through faith, we have peace with God and access to His grace. This hope is born out of tribulations, shaping our character and drawing us closer to God. We are assured of God's love and the Holy Spirit's presence within us, guiding us through life's challenges.

II. Hope as an Anchor for the Soul (Hebrews 6:17-19)

Imagine hope as an anchor for the soul. Hebrews 6:17-19 speaks of God's unchanging nature, and how His promises become our anchor in the storms of life. Just as an anchor holds a ship steady, our hope in God's promises stabilizes our souls, enabling us to withstand the challenges that come our way.

III. Our Hope is Firm (2 Corinthians 1:7)

The Apostle Paul, in 2 Corinthians 1:7, reminds us that our hope is firm. While we may face difficulties, our hope in Christ remains unwavering. This firm hope allows us to endure trials with patience and trust in God's sovereign plan for our lives.

IV. Hope in God's Unfailing Love (Psalm 33:18)

In Psalm 33:18, we find hope in God's unfailing love. This love is constant and unchanging, providing us with security and reassurance in times of uncertainty. When we fix our eyes on God's love, our hearts are filled with hope that transcends our circumstances.

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V. The Hope of Salvation (Colossians 1:27; Titus 2:11-14)

Our ultimate hope lies in the promise of salvation. Colossians 1:27 and Titus 2:11-14 remind us that Christ's sacrifice offers us the hope of salvation and the assurance of His return. This hope motivates us to live godly lives, looking forward to the day when we will be united with Christ forever.

VI. The Hope of Eternal Life, Titus 1:1-3.

The book of Titus in the New Testament begins with a powerful statement of hope (Titus 1:1-2).

This passage highlights the foundational hope of the Christian faith: the promise of eternal life in Christ.

 This hope is grounded in the truth of God's character, as the passage notes that God "does not lie" and that the promise of eternal life was made "before the beginning of time." 

This means that God's promise of eternal life is sure and certain, based on His unchanging character and His eternal plan for humanity.

The hope of eternal life is not just a distant promise, but a present reality for believers. As Paul writes in Colossians 1:27, "Christ in you, the hope of glory." 

The presence of Christ within us is the source of our hope, as it assures us of our present and future union with Him. 

This hope gives us the strength and endurance to persevere through trials and difficulties, knowing that our ultimate destiny is secure in Christ.

The passage in Titus also highlights the transformative power of this hope. As we grow in our knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness, our hope in eternal life motivates us to live lives that are pleasing to God. 

We seek to live in a way that honors Him, knowing that our actions have eternal significance and that we will one day stand before Him.

The hope of eternal life is a foundational truth of the Christian faith, grounded in God's character and His promise to us. 

This hope gives us strength and endurance to persevere through difficult times and motivates us to live lives that honor God. As we look forward to the fulfillment of this hope, we can be confident in the sure and certain promises of our faithful God.

Hope of eternal life lays up treasures in heaven, Matt. 6:20-21.

By faith, our sure and steadfast hope overcomes doubt, dread, and fear, Rom. 5:3-5, 12:12.

Sermon About Hope: Live on Hope Romans 5:1-5

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In a world that often seems fleeting and uncertain, our hope as believers stands as an unshakable foundation. This hope does not disappoint, anchors our souls, remains firm, rests in God's unfailing love, and centers on the promise of salvation. As we navigate life's challenges, may we cling to the anchor of hope that is found in our unchanging God.

May our lives be a testament to this hope—a hope that transforms our outlook, guides our decisions, and allows us to face every trial with courage and resilience. Let us encourage one another with these truths, sharing the hope that we have found in Christ, and eagerly anticipating the fulfillment of God's promises. 

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