The Gospel Community Rejoices in HOPE - Rom. 12:12

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"Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, it casts the shadow of our burden behind us." – Samuel Smiles

            As we consider living out the Gospel in our churches we must see the gospel become an emblem of Hope for the church and secondly for the community. If we do not have our hopes correctly aligned we will share doubt, and disbelief in a Christ who truly can save. I often times feel like our churches in America spread doubt because of a misaligned understanding of what the Gospel is.
            Paul in Romans 5 taught that our justification by faith in Christ alone is the Gospel in its fullest. This breath of fresh air is what brings about a hope one straight from the Glory of God. Therefore we can declare that our hope is a confident trust rather than uncertain expectation. Our Hope is not only for the God to finish the work of salvation, but also the mere opportunity to be in his presence is a hope of every Christian. 1 Peter 1:4 “There is an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” How we long for this glorious occasion.
            The Psalmist said "I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope.” Psalm 130:5 It is rare for a church to be known as one of the word (Book.) The First century church was wholly focused on the Book, modern churches are fully ignorant of the Book. There is no hope outside of Christ, and we remind ourselves and others of this hope through the proclamation and study of the Word of God.
            As we preach God’s word we will lead our people to desiring his holiness more and more. I love the old hymn that says “turn your eyes upon Jesus look full in his wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.” Our Hope in the Lord will make our momentary terror seem easier to handle (2 Cor. 4:17.)
            I love another song called “Better is one day” for it is my heart’s cry to be in the presence of my Savior.
            How lovely Is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty. My soul longs and even             faints for you. (Ps. 84:1-2) For there my heart is satisfied in your             presence…Better is one day in your courts, better is one day in your house,             better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere (Ps. 27:4).
May we stir our congregations to rejoice in Hope for that glorious day that we will be liberated from this age and delivered into the presence of Holiness. 

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