2 We Need HopeSome find themselves in negative relationships with no hope of improvementOthers are plagued by disease, suffering, or lose with no hope of comfortMany have an empty life of meaningless existenceWe need faith, hope, and love to make it through life (1 Cor. 13:13; 1 Thess. 1:3; 5:8; Col. 1:4-5)
3 We Need the Right Hope Some have no hope (Eph. 2:12; 1 Thess. 4:13) Others have a vain and empty hope (Mt. 7:21-27; Tim. 6:17)Others have moved away from the true hope (Col. 1:23)
4 Hope: the Anchor of the Soul “To ground hope on a false assumption is like trusting in a weak anchor” - SocratesHope is like an anchor of a ship, grounded in heaven (Heb. 6:19-20)An anchor is strong and heavyA ship (soul) on the sea (world) needs an anchor (hope) connected by a cable (faith) to withstand the storms (trials)
5 What Is Hope? Hope is not just “wishing” … not “well, maybe…” Desire (1 Cor. 16:17) + expectation (Phil. 1:20) = hopeA desire to be raised from the dead, to see Jesus (Tit. 2:13), to inherit eternal life in heaven (Tit. 1:2; 3:7), to be glorified (Col. 1:27)An expectation based upon God’s immutable character (1 Tim. 4:10; Tit. 1:2; Heb. 6:18) and Jesus’ resurrection (1 Tim. 1:1; 1 Pet. 3-4)
6 Hope: the Anchor of the Soul An anchor of rejoicing (Rom. 5:2-5; 12:2)An anchor of growth (Rom. 15:13)An anchor of endurance (Rom. 8:24-25; 1 Thess. 1:3)An anchor of protection (1 Thess. 5:8)An anchor of surety (Heb. 6:18-20; 11:10, 16)An anchor of purity (1 Jn. 3:3)
7 One HopeI have to hear about the hope in the truth of the gospel (Col. 1:5; 1:23; Eph. 4:4)I have to put my hope in Jesus and obey him (Rom. 15:12; Eph. 1:12; 1:18)I have to be rooted and ground in my hope all the way through life (Col. 1:23)These are difficult times; anchor your life with a real hope!