Sermon Notes

Romans 15:13; First Peter 1:3-7


Hope is the anticipation of good.  It is deeper than optimism for it comes from elsewhere. Hope is the conviction that in God, your life and your efforts have meaning – no matter how the situation turns out.


The three cords of hope:  imagining, desiring, believing

How to Grow hope

  1. Take a hope inventory
  • What do I hope to have?
  • What do I hope to do?
  • What do I hope to become?

What is one step I can take today to begin moving toward my tomorrow?

“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… I Peter 1:3

  1. Take responsibility for your hoping
  • Your hope should be like a thermostat, not like a thermometer
  • When you dare to hope, people will tell you what you cannot do.

(I Samuel 17:28)

  • David learned hope.

“The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear

 will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” 

  1. Build relationships of hope
  • David and Jonathan (I Samuel 18 -23)
  • Who are the Jonathans in your life?
  • Be a hope-passer
  1. Invite God into your hoping. (I Samuel 30:6)

– Be aware your thoughts:  If they are hope-robbing, invite God into your thoughts. 

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”   Psalm 42:5

  1. Carefully guard your ultimate hope. (Acts 13:36)
  • Jesus: Son of David; a title of hope

“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life,

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”   Psalm 23:6