Getting a Handle on Hope (Romans 4:16-5:8)
Gearl Spicer, June 7, 2020
Part of the Axis of A Living Faith series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Romans 4:16–5:8 (Listen)
16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Axis of a Living Faith
Getting a Handle on Hope
June 7, 2020
*What does hope look like to you?
A living faith is an alignment of multiple aspects of our spiritual journey:
Joy, Love, Victory, Prayer, Confidence, Trust, Grace and today we look at Hope!
Three Axis questions to ask each week:
1. What have you heard in your heart?
2. How do you own these areas?
3. What is God calling you to do?
*For nothing will be impossible with God. - Luke 1:37
*This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast - Hebrews 6:19
*In hope against hope he believed - Romans 4:18
*and hope does not disappoint - Romans 5:5a
Hope never rests on the assurances of men but on the perfect promises of God!
I. Foundation of our Hope - Romans 4:16-25
A. Hope affirms His presence
B. Hope directs and protects our hearts
C. Hope establishes our faith
D. Hope rests in one name - JESUS
II. Beauty of a Living Hope - Romans 5:1-8
A. Faith leading to peace
B. Grace leading to transformation
C. Joy leading to perseverance
D. Love leading to salvation
Can you get a handle on His hope?
*Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
*Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12