Pastor Kevin Manning : Advent: Fueled by Hope

Advent · 41:27 · Recorded December 3, 2017

ADVENT: Fueled By Hope

Advent means: Coming or Arrival

Advent is a time when we look at the coming of Jesus Christ in humility as a baby and anticipate his future second coming.

Titus 2:13 (NLT) …while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.

An Example of Faith

Matthew 6:33 (NLT) Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

An Example of Hope

Isaiah 9:6-7 (NLT) For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!

Hope is confident expectation.

Hebrews 11:13-16 (NLT) All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

1. Hope motivates me to keep looking forward – expectantly.

Hebrews 11:14 (NLT) “…people who say such things are looking forward…”

2. Hope encourages me with the fact that God isn’t done working yet!

Philippians 1:6 (NLT) And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

3. Hope frees me from always trying to make things happen.

Romans 8:37 (NIV) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

Isaiah 9:7 (TLB) “So His ever-expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule with perfect fairness and justice from the throne of his father David. He will bring true justice and peace to all the nations of the world. This is going to happen because the Lord of heaven’s armies has dedicated himself to do it!”

4. Hope forces me to honestly evaluate my walk.

Isaiah 40:31 (NIV) But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

  • What event have you looked forward to expectantly? The birth or adoption of a child? A graduation? Wedding? Talk together about how the anticipation of Christ’s second coming overshadows even these great events. Discuss how not knowing the timing of his coming can allow you to lose the excitement of expectation.

  • What role does hope play in your daily life? Reviewing points 1 – 4, does it move you in these ways? What specific step will you take this week to increase your confident expectation and live in light of Christ’s coming?

  • Of the titles given in Isaiah 9:6, which fit Jesus as you know him? Based on his reign in your life, what other titles would you assign to him?

  • Read aloud Hebrews 11:13-16. What does it mean to you to be a “foreigner and nomad” (some versions say, “alien and stranger”) here on earth? In what ways do you feel like a stranger in this world?

  • Read Isaiah 9:7 (TLB) from point 3. Knowing that this is the future that Christ’s reign will bring, does it give you confidence or comfort in dealing with our current national and world issues? If the news of the day causes you worry or stress, claim this verse and memorize it to remind you of the hope of our future in our true home.

  • Hi parents! Today your children began looking at the Christmas story. We learned about Mary and Joseph finding out they were going to be parents to Jesus. Ask your kids who it was that delivered a very important message to some people. Who were the messages for? Talk together about what it must have been like to receive the news that you would be the parents of the Savior. Our bottom line today is: Everyone is important to God.

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