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Many consider hope a distinctly Christian virtue. Unlike the myth of progress or mania of pessimism, which our rampant in our anxious age, Christian hope anchors the soul and elevates the body. The reason is simple: Christian hope is rooted in Jesus' resurrection, which guarantees His return and restoration of all things. Hope brings heaven into the here/now. The sermon closes with several suggestions on how to live heaven as we wait.
Are we making progress? Growth is a process but it is meant to be an active process. We need to look at ourselves and see if we are growing spiritually or if we are at a stand still. Growth in our faith is something that we need to lean into, to put energy and effort into.
The Completed work of Jesus on the Cross is the key to our Justification before God. On the Cross, Jesus paid our sin debt, and made it possible for us to be given spiritual life and all that is necessary for our growth in grace and godliness!
I. Taking Sides II. Gradual Progress III. Imminent Danger
While the Apostle Paul sat in a Roman prison God used his predicament to Progress the Gospel. God uses circumstances to Progress the Gospel in our lives and in the lives of others. As pressure is used to impress an image upon a coin so God uses the pressure of circumstances to press the image, the character of Christ in our lives.