Weekly Sermons from Napanee Baptist Church

This Week's Sermon

July 12, 2020

Series: Hope in the midst of Hopelessness – (a series on Christian Hope)

Title: Message #6 – “Hope and the New Birth”

Scripture: 1Peter 1:3 and 1Peter 1:22-25

Profile: The main verse that we’re going to focus on this morning is 1Peter 1:3. It says: “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.” In this series on hope we have been emphasizing the fact that hope from God is so different from human hope. The hope that God gives us is based on His grace and His word and His character. It is also a hope that comes through the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. Our verse here says: “In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope” ... When we are saved and born again, we are given a new and living hope. God-given hope is having a full assurance and not an uncertain desire. When Scripture tells us to put our hope in God that doesn’t mean ‘cross your fingers’ and hope for the best. It means we are putting our hope and our full confidence in the living God and what He’s done for us, especially in light of the way He has changed us and transformed us because of our salvation and the new birth.

Next Week's Sermon

July 19, 2020

Series: “Hope in the midst of Hopelessness” – (a series on Christian Hope)

Title: Message #7 – Hope and the Second Coming

Scripture: Titus chpt. 2

Profile: This will be the last message in our series on Christian Hope. A very central aspect of our hope in Christ is based on the promise that He will return some day. Titus 2:13 says: “while we wait for the BLESSED HOPE – the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ.” Throughout church history, no matter what various views Christians had on the sequence and timing of the second coming, they all shared in the blessed hope that some day Jesus was going to come back in glory and appear as our great God and Saviour. There are three basic things that we can take note of from this verse. First of all it is a ‘Blessed’ Hope. That means, for the believer, that great day will be a time of blessing, not cursing. Secondly, it is a ‘Visible’ Hope.  It is the appearing of our God and Saviour. This has the idea of seeing Him face to face and having personal contact with Him. Thirdly, it is a ‘Glorious’ Hope. Meaning, we will see Him in all His splendor and majesty and power. The early Christians used a word “Maranatha” which literally meant “even so, come Lord Jesus.” May the Blessed Hope be something that we ourselves live in expectation of and may it also be something that we encourage each other with, especially through times of hopelessness, “even so, come Lord Jesus!”

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