1. Hopelessness is the result of not listening to God.
Jeremiah 18:12 (NKJV) And they said “That is hopeless! So we will walk according to our own plans, and we will every one obey the dictates of his evil heart.”
2. Hope in God’s plan calls us to:
– Put God first
Matthew 6:31-34 (NIV) So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
– Work hard
Matthew 24:14-30 (ESV) And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather. “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
– Pursue to be a blessing
1 Peter 4:10-11 (NIV) Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
3. Hope renews strength and overflows to make a difference.
Isaiah 40:28-31 (ESV) Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Romans 15:13 (NIV) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Growing Deeper Together
Use these points throughout the week as part of your quiet time, in your small group, or over coffee with a friend to help you apply what you learned in today’s message.
• Fredy taught us today that hope in God’s plan gives us purpose and prepares us for ministry. If you haven’t attended Core Class 301 yet, sign up today on the Events page. There are many easy on-ramps to service (serve coffee, hand out message notes, greet families, etc.). How will you step into ministry this week?
• Creating a new ministry is easier than you think! Take something that is a “me & God” time and invite others to experience that with you. Early Morning Prayer was created out of one person’s prayer time and is now a thriving ministry. When you open yourself to others in care and service, it makes you a minister. What can you share with others?
• Evaluate areas of passion in your life – the “P” in SHAPE – (homelessness, food insecurity, domestic violence, at-risk children, etc.) that you feel our church should be involved in. Talk with a pastor about how you could be a leader to begin a ministry in that area.
Core Classes are a great way to learn more about each of the Purposes we’re talking about in this series. Sign up today at northpointe.org/events. The next set of classes will be held on February 19.
Do we really believe God designed each of us with a specific purpose to resolve a problem in the world? In my book "Engineered To Make A Difference", I share how God took me from being a hardheaded kid in the streets of the Congo with no future to the person I am today. Becoming an engineer was just a way for God to reveal to me my true identity in Him and provide all the answers to my questions. My own story made me realize that God is the best designer and the Ultimate Engineer.
Wednesday | 6:30pm