Hope For the Anxious Heart (Matthew 6:25-34)

Key Idea: Hope for the anxious heart comes when we identify it, expose it, and fight it with our faith in Christ. Truth #1: Identify It – (v. 25) Defining anxiety: “To draw in different directions or distract. To be anxious, then, means to have a distracting care—to have our minds and hearts torn between two worlds. Anxious cares are typically tied to our earthly lives and are most often temporal, not eternal.” Paul Tautges Three Categories We Worry About Money and Possessions Death, Pain, and Suffering People and Their Judgments Truth #2:......

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Living for Christ in a World Opposed to Him - Part 2 (John 17:14-17)

Key Idea: To live faithfully for Christ in a world opposed to Christ, we must be in the world but not of the world, for the purpose of witnessing to the world. We must be in the world Verse 15 – “I do not ask you to take them out of the world” Verse 18 – “so I have sent them into the world” But not of the world Verses 14 and 16 – “they are not of the world” For the purpose of witnessing to the world Verse 18 – “so I have......

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Turning on the Light (Ephesians 3:14-21)

Key Idea: Biblical hope is confident anticipation in Christ (confident in Christ’s amazing love, and so anticipating Christ’s amazing work). 1. Confident – Confident in Christ’s amazing love Ephesians 3:18–19 — 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. A. Christ’s love is about eternal life Ephesians 2:4–5 — 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great......

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Hope for Our Humility (Philippians 2:1-11)

Five facets of humility that make the darkness flee 1. The inevitability of humility (v. 1) 2. The result of humility (v. 2) 3. The heart of humility (vv. 3-4) 4. The example of humility (vv. 5-8) 5. The hope of humility (vv. 9-11) “Man’s maker was made man that He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother’s breast; that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey; that Truth might be accused of false witnesses, the Teacher be beaten with whips,......

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Hope for our Prayers (John 17:1-11)

Key Idea: We need to pray because we are children. We can pray because God is our Father. 1. We need to pray because we are children Mark 10:15; Matthew 18:3; Luke 10:21 A. We are like children because we are needy B. We are like children because we have a loving Father 2. We can pray because God is our Father A. God is a Father who is powerful B. God is a Father who is loving and faithful Praying as children to our heavenly Father: A. Because God is our Father, there......

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The Ground of All Our Hope (1 Peter 1:3-9)

Key idea: 3 Sources of Hope for Our Perseverance 1. God’s promise in our perseverance (vv. 3-5) The resurrection of Jesus promises new life The resurrection of Jesus promises living hope 2. God’s purpose in our perseverance (vv. 6-7) Trials are necessary because they test the authenticity of our faith Trials are necessary because they produce the fruit of our faith 3. God’s presence in our perseverance (vv. 8-9)...

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Glory in the Gospel (Part 4) - Belonging

John 17:9-10 Glory in the Gospel (Part 4): Belonging Key Idea: We must fight to believe that we belong to God and are in a loving relationship with him. 5 facets of what it means to belong to God: 1. Love (Verses 2-3: “eternal life”) John 3:16 — 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 1 John 1:2 — 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim......

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Glory in the Gospel (Part 3): Truth

Glory in the Gospel (Part 3): Truth Key Idea: We must live within the reality of the truth of Christ 1. Importance of truth Jesus came as truth, to give truth. 2. Focus of truth John 1:1 — 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:9 — 9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. John 1:14 — 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory......

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