|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “There is power in hope”
Our Bible verse for today: “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Strong faith leads to confident hope.”
Biblical hope is more than just wishful thinking. Instead, it’s a confident knowledge that God’s promises are true and that we can trust Him.
Sadly, we live in a world where many people are hopeless rather than hopeful. Many people base their hopes and desires on things and on people rather than on God’s promises, and so they are constantly disappointed and discouraged. They end up living with what theologian Emil Brunner once called a deep-seated “sorrow of heart”, or what the writer Henry David Thoreau famously described as “a life of quiet desperation.”
But for Christians the experience of hope can and should be very different. Theologians teach us that the Bible includes an entire “theology of hope”, meaning that the Bible provides us with a complete and systematic body of instruction on why we can have confident hope.
In Hebrews 11:1 the writer linked the Biblical concept of hope with the reality of strong faith (the stronger the faith, the more confident the hope). In his commentary on this verse Pastor and author John MacArthur writes: “The faith described here involves the most solid possible conviction, the God-given present assurance of a future reality.”
That’s what strong faith does. It gives us a profound hope – a confident expectation and a present assurance of a future reality. Therefore, you’re certain that the promises of God are true and so your hope and confidence in a glorious future is solid and assured.
Regular participation in the life of a dynamic church family is one of the greatest faith-building activities you can participate in. The faith of others helps to strengthen our own. Your faith is strengthened and your hope is renewed by your participation in a small-group Sunday School class, and in group worship services, and by fellowship with other Christians, and by participation in group ministry projects.
I encourage you to attend church services this Sunday, and make it a point to bring someone with you. Strong faith leads to confident hope – and we can all use more of that.
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