Week 7 – Living Hope Series
SERMON & DIGITAL BULLETIN 28 May 2023, 10:30 a.m.
Today @EagleLifeChurch, we continue our Easter to Pentecost series “Living Hope.”
This is week 7 in the 8-week series. This series focuses on experiencing HOPE in the midst of life’s difficulties and struggles. In our culture, people are subjected to (surrounded by) dying hope. Hope has been replaced with hurt, abuse, trauma, lies, and despair.
During this series, we learn to find our LIVING HOPE in a savior who has struggled and suffered, who has been sabotaged and betrayed, who was beaten and buried, but he claimed the final victory over dying-hope by rising from the grave and inviting us to experience living hope.
In today’s message, you will learn to keep faith in the midst of suffering because the Spirit of Glory and of God rests on you.
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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead1 Peter 1:3 (ESV)
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The Spirit of Glory
SCRIPTURE: 1 Peter 3:13-17; 1 Peter 4:12-19; John 16:33; Acts 12:1-5 (ESV)
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”
19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.1 Peter 4:12-19 (ESV, emphasis added)
- The Reality of Suffering in a Fallen World
- Don’t Lose Faith!
- How Can We Make it Through?
It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3 When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. 4 After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.Acts 12:1-5 (Emphasis Added)
5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.
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