The Gospel of Do(ne): Readiness, Holiness, and Hope

Series: The Gospel of Do(ne)

Summary

The Gospel of Do(ne): Readiness, Holiness, and Hope

Pastor Brandon Berg

We are called to be informed informers, encouragers, and builders of the hope of heaven

1 Thessalonians 5:8

But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.

"A leader is a dealer in hope."

Napoleon Bonaparte

"Lord save us all from old age and broken health and a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms."

Mark Twain

 

"The theological virtue of hope is the patient and trustful willingness to live without closure, without resolution, and still be content and even happy because our Satisfaction is now at another level, and our Source is beyond ourselves."

Richard Rohr

  1. Hope’s timing (v. 1-3)

    Vs. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

  2. Hope’s participant (v. 4-10)

    Vs. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.

  3. Hope’s response (v. 8, 11-22, 25-27)

    Because our hope is not simply confined to Christ’s 2nd appearance, it includes establishing his Kingdom of life, health, healing, wholeness, forgiveness, and joy NOW because of his 1st appearance.
  4. Hope’s sanctification (v. 23-24)

    Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

We are called to be informed informers, encouragers, and builders of the hope of heaven.

Discussion Questions:

1. When is the last time you were encouraged by someone that one day Jesus will return for His church and all will be made well?
2. Do you make a habit of reflecting on this future hope you have of seeing Jesus? What about seeing loved ones in heaven? How about all pain, injustice, confusion, and shame being made right?
3. Paul gives a list of at least 20 ways to live (v. 12-28) while we prepare for Christ's 2nd coming, what is one thing from that list the Holy Spirit may be nudging you to work on?

Speaker: Brandon Berg

September 26, 2021

Brandon Berg

Spiritual Development Pastor

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