We're going to continue in our discussion of things that unite, our text is Ephesians 4:1-6. This evening our focus is on the one hope that we have. We must endeavor to keep the unity fo th espiritn in the bond of peace.
The way that we do this, is by focusing on the unifying factors, found in the Word. There is unity in hope. What is it about hope that is unifying? That hope gives us the same vision, the same result, a holy living, that leads to a home in Heaven.
We're all searching for, reaching for that hope, and that should univy us as we each strive to reach the same goal.
Think about a rowing team. usually there is the one int he back of the boat that calls out the stroke, and keeps the rhythem. If just one rower gets out of rhythm it will guide the boat out of order
They stay together to achieve optimum efficiency. The hope in victory unites them.
Victory over the world, the great reward we ahve waiting for us, is the hope we rely on to get to Heaven.
The Christian has Hope for Justification.
The runner's hope, and justification is winning the racel. The Christian's hope and justification is finishing the race and recieving the promise made by Christ, Heaven.
- Isaiah 59:2
There is no hope in the world, sin leads us to fall. Sin separates us from God.
- Isaiah 63:4-6
It's not within man to find salvation from sin. There is only one hope that leads to salvaion.
- Romans 7:24-25
Jesus Christ will deliver us from the body of death, there is no other name where we can be saved.
- Acts 4:12
Our only hope is in Christ Jesus.
- Titus 3:4-5
We're one in recognizing and submitting to this one hope in Christ We are united in trying to tech others to come to this One Name, Jesus Christ.
- Hebrews 7:19
- Colossians 1:23
Our hope lies only in the blood of Jesus and His righteousness.
The Christian Hop for Motivation
What motivated gold seekers to spend their money to travel to a place where gold might be found? The hope of riches, worldly riches.
Hope motivates. It is why we have so many songs about Heaven. The great hope of Heaven is a great motivator. The hope of the Christian is the promise from God that if we are faithful our hope is a sure thing.
- Hebrews 6:18
He compares the hope that we have as an anchor. That solid hold for the ship. Jesus is that anchor, He gives us that hope.
- 1 Peter 1:13-16
We are motivated to live pure lives because of that great hope.
- 1 John 3:2-3
We re motivated to be children of God, to have this hope. We can be like Jeuss, and be in Heaven with Him, with the FAther, in Heaven for eternity. Because of this, we seek to live a pure life on this earth. When we share the same motivation, we want to work together to get there. We have on hope that unites us in that motivation.
The Christian has Hope for Salvation
Many will do whatever is necessary to save their own lives. Salvaton is a great motivating factor. The CHristian has hope for eternal life, this ias a greater motivation. It is our helmet of salvtion.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:8
Because of Jesus we have hope for eternal life.
- Titus 3:7
Our hope is to be in Jesus' presence at His coming.
- 1 Thessalonians 2:19
Our hope is truly found in Heaven.
- Colossians 1:5
How does this hope of salvation unites us? we have a common goal, seeking heaven a common interest seeking the souls of men to take them with us. Wht does a team do when they get to the end of their goal, and reach their vicotry?They celbrate.
What is your hope?
Do you need the hope that is in Christ? You need to hear the word of God, Romans 10:17, you need ot believe that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him, Yuu must repent of your sins, and make the bold confession, Matthew 16:16, that He is the Son of God and be baptized as Jesus has said to do, Mark 16:16.
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