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Transformed, Part 5
"Conveyors of Hope"
July 4-5, 2020

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

If you could pick one positive trait to “infect” the entire world with, what would it be and why?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation. This is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth.

When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For the Lord God had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil. Instead, springs came up from the ground and watered all the land. Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.

Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:1-9 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

Just as God created the first man as recorded in Genesis 2, the Declaration of Independence reminds us that God created all men equal:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Declaration of Independence

Christian hope is hope for everybody! Just as one person can infect another with a virus, we can infect other people with courage, joy, and hope. What is in us will come out of us!

Application (5 minutes)

Is your attitude towards “rest” biblical? Do you receive it as a gift to be cherished and an example from God himself to be replicated?

What positive trait are you going to “infect” others with today?

What does Pastor Greg mean that “Christian hope is hope for everybody”? That everyone does have hope? That everyone has a God-given right to hope? That we need to be ready to share our hope with anyone who is willing to receive it?

Hope is a choice to embrace a positive view of the future in the present moment. Do you have hope? Is it spilling out of you onto others?

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you approach your Heavenly Father in prayer, be honest. If you are feeling hopeless, express your pain and fear to God—He cares. If you are feeling full of hope, ask God for ways to let that spill out generously and “infect” others in a positive way!

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

How would you describe hope? Food for the starving? Cold water for the parched? Birds singing after a long winter?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. For even Christ didn’t live to please himself. As the Scriptures say, “The insults of those who insult you, O God, have fallen on me.”

Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory. Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises he made to their ancestors. He also came so that the Gentiles might give glory to God for his mercies to them.

That is what the psalmist meant when he wrote: “For this, I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing praises to your name.” And in another place it is written, “Rejoice with his people, you Gentiles.” And yet again, “Praise the Lord , all you Gentiles. Praise him, all you people of the earth.” And in another place Isaiah said, “The heir to David’s throne will come, and he will rule over the Gentiles. They will place their hope on him.”

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:1-13 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

God’s plan is for the church to be a social network, a community, of hope. Yet God’s plan for us is not just be full of hope but to overflow with hope in the world!

The God of hope will fill you with all joy and peace through His Word, people who love him, beauty in nature, your worship, and whatever is praiseworthy (see Philippians 4:8).

Application (5 minutes)

Is “overflowing with confident hope” easy or hard for you? Why?

What is 1) God’s role, and 2) your role in being filled with “confident hope”?

Does being predisposed to being an “extrovert” or “introvert” change whether the truth of this Scripture applies to you?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Take another look at the list of ways God fills people with confident hope. Consider asking God to reveal new ways in your life of experiencing confident hope!

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

Do you believe hope is reasonable? Why or why not?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stay true to the Lord. I love you and long to see you, dear friends, for you are my joy and the crown I receive for my work. Now I appeal to Euodia and Syntyche. Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement. And I ask you, my true partner, to help these two women, for they worked hard with me in telling others the Good News. They worked along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are written in the Book of Life.

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:1-9 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

Paul calls our God “the God of HOPE.” Hope is the anticipation of good, and nobody anticipates good more than God!

Hope is NOT conjuring up in our minds how some situation must turn out or feeling certain that we will get our way. Hope means we will get it God’s way. It is surrender: “God, your kingdom come…and your will be done.”

We want to build a social network of hope!

Application (5 minutes)

Hope is useless unless founded in reality. Anticipation of future good is only realistic if God himself is involved and powerful to make a difference. What does “hope” have to do with “surrendering” to God, his power and his plan?

How do you understand God’s love and power in the world? Do you believe God sits back and waits for people to act? Do you believe God propels or even forcibly enacts his will regardless of the choices people make? Do you believe there is a participation and partnership between God and his people?

Should “confident hope” propel us to action?

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you approach your Heavenly Father, be aware that your personal expectations of God may not be what God actually promised about himself. Ask God to help you see him clearly and root out any false images you have of him.

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

Have you ever run from anything?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.

And I charge you before God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who gave a good testimony before Pontius Pilate, that you obey this command without wavering. Then no one can find fault with you from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. For, at just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords. He alone can never die, and he lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No human eye has ever seen him, nor ever will. All honor and power to him forever! Amen.

Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life. 1 Timothy 6:9-19 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

Until you have really experienced life with Jesus, you cannot begin to understand this little word “hope.”

If we don’t learn to NOT put our hope in wealth now, when will we ever?

You can bless your friend who blesses his friend whom you will never meet. It radiates from us: conveyers of hope!

Application (5 minutes)

Do you serve money, or do you use money to serve Jesus?

How can loving money cause someone to wander from the true faith?

What is true wealth according to this Scripture? Is it available to everyone, regardless of means?

How can “hope” heal and protect in a way money cannot?

Prayer (5 minutes)

If you have learned to trust God instead of money for your power, protection, and provision, take time to thank him! Ask for opportunities to share the hope you have with others who are still stuck and struggling to be secure. If money is your source of security and comfort, ask God to replace your dependence on money with trust in him, who never fails.

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

How did the Good News about Jesus stand the test of time for 2,000 years to get to you?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

‘We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. For even Christ didn’t live to please himself. As the Scriptures say, “The insults of those who insult you, O God, have fallen on me.”

Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory. Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises he made to their ancestors. He also came so that the Gentiles might give glory to God for his mercies to them.

That is what the psalmist meant when he wrote: “For this, I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing praises to your name.” And in another place it is written, “Rejoice with his people, you Gentiles.” And yet again, “Praise the Lord , all you Gentiles. Praise him, all you people of the earth.” And in another place Isaiah said, “The heir to David’s throne will come, and he will rule over the Gentiles. They will place their hope on him.”

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:1-13 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

The only hope that stands the test of time—which does not come from denying, ignoring, or avoiding the pain—is the hope of the cross, where the love of God took on the pain of sin to save a wretch like me. All of us who follow Jesus live in that great chain, a friend of a friend of a friend. The chain goes back to the friend of sinners: Jesus is our friend.

John Newton, a young English captain of slave ships, became a Christian, renounced his trade, and became an English clergyman and a prominent abolitionist. He wrote a song: “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see. Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear, and Grace, my fears relieved. How precious did that Grace appear the hour I first believed.”

Application (5 minutes)

Jesus did not live to “please himself.” Paul offers Jesus’ example for us, so we will provide hope for our neighbor. How are you being considerate of those who do not agree with you?

How are you going to accept others “just as Christ has accepted you”? What’s God’s desired outcome?

Has your joy increased this week? What will you do differently next week to enhance your confident hope through Jesus?

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you spend a few minutes praying, reflect on how much God loves you, personally, and how he invites you to share in his kindness to others. Wow, what a generous, empowering, and loving Father!

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