Romans 15, 1 John 1, Proverbs 24, Matthew 6, 1 Corinthians 15. Revelation of Hope. Background.
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Introduction: Hope. It helps you get up in the morning, right? In our sinful world, the Bible gives us hope. It gives us hope of a better world and a better life. Is there more to hope than that? Is there a "hope" element for life right now, right here? Let's jump into our lesson and find out more!
15 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2 Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. 3 For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”
1.When we are strong we are to help others because of the example of Jesus. But, more fundamentally, this teaches us God's attitude of being strong for us. He believes the strong should "bear with" the failings of the weak, and that is His attitude towards us! That gives us hope in our weakness.
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
Because this is a continuation of the discussion about hope. A righteous man rises after a perfect calamity because he has hope. A wise man believes in God and trusts in Him. That gives him the ability to move forward after disaster. He is not alone.
1.Read Psalms 33:18-22. What is God's point? (The horse was the cutting edge military weapon. Warriors on these huge beasts (which moved with great speed and had big teeth)were a frightening sight to troops who had not seen them before. God tells us that vast armies and the most advanced weapons are no match for those whose hope is in God.)
1.Are these two verses connected? Or, does God have a separate message for us in each verse? (God seems to say that those who are righteous are generous and lend freely. A person who is generous to others will never be short of food.)
D.Read Matthew 6:24. Is Jesus still talking about making deposits in heaven's bank? If so, what additional message is Jesus' giving us? (If you are devoted to increasing your wealth, that is inconsistent with an attitude of generosity.)
1.Is Jesus saying "Don't worry, laying down and sleeping some more is fine?" (No. Jesus is saying that putting the Kingdom of Heaven first, making deposits in the heavenly bank, will allow you to make heavenly bank "withdrawals" here.)
2.Read Matthew 6:33. Does this text make "money" sense to you now?
3.What has this to do with hope? (You deposit your money in your heavenly account because of your hope and trust in God's financial system.)
2.Do you see the "deposit in the heavenly bank" theme repeated here? (Being fully devoted to the work of the Lord is not a wasted effort. God gives us the victory, but He expects us to be helping in the effort.)