On Easter morning (4/1/18), Brother Sean opened up Romans 8:18-25 and talked about the hope of the resurrection.
Many times we read the story of Jesus’s resurrection, but we don’t ask ourselves why it is so important to believe in the resurrection. Brother Sean’s sermon covers the reason we have hope.
What do you say to someone who is in great despair or suffering? What hope can you give to a family member, or friend who just lost a child? Paul explains the hope we have in Romans 8.
- What is our hope?
- Our hope is not worth comparing to suffering
- Creation waits for our hope.
- We have to wait patiently for our hope.
Answer: Our hope is in the resurrection.
2. How do we get our hope?
Answer: Romans 10 tells us “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
If we die, like Christ died, then we too will live as Christ lived – if he is our Lord.
3. What is the result of hope?
Paul tells us the result of our hope is an assurance that “neither death nor life, nor angels, nor rules, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
So what do we tell someone who is suffering greatly? We have hope that tomorrow will bring a resurrection and that today’s sufferings will not be worth comparing to the great renewal of our bodies. We have not seen this hope. But, “hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience” (Romans 8:24-25).