Shining the light of Hope (Romans 5:1-8)

Gearl Spicer Gearl Spicer, December 25, 2022
Part of the Christmas - Light Of The World series, preached at a Sunday Online service

Romans 5:1–8 (Listen)

5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 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. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 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.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


Sermon Notes

Christmas - Light Of The World
Shining the light of Hope
Romans 5:1-8

Hope - certain expectation/anticipation/demonstration of love

*And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the law. Luke 2:26-27

*and then as a widow to the age of eighty four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fasting and prayers. At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued speaking of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. Luke 2:37-38

*This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil. Hebrews 6:19

*Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused to be born again to a living hope which through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. I Peter 1:3

*and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5

Helping Others Personally Experience - Jesus

I. Victory by faith - Romans 5:1-2
A. Peace through personal salvation
B. Grace through faith
C. Hope in His glory

II. Joy in trials - Romans 5:3-5
A. Tribulation leads to perseverance
B. Perseverance affirms character
C. Hope opens our hearts to His love

III. Hope while helpless - Romans 5:6-8
A. Jesus meets our greatest needs
B. God demonstrates His love
Will you live in His hope the Christmas?

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