Our Hope in Christ: The First Week of Advent – 11/28/21

by Pastor Roy Esposito

Our Hope in Christ:
1st Week of ADVENT
by Roy Esposito

  • Advent – The Coming or Arrival
  • 2 Focuses – REMEMBERANCE and ANTICIPATION
  • Psalm 42:5 – “Hope In God”
  • “His Continence” – Abiding PRESENCE and His SALVATION
  • Psalm 43:5 – “Hope of MY continence” – A guaranteed Hope  that sustains LIFE
  • Lack of HOPE – Paralysis and effectual death
  • Relevancy – The spiritual battle for meaning
  • 1 Kings 10:1-13 – Queen of Sheba’s awe
  • Ecclesiastes 1: 14-18 – Solomons lack of HOPE
  • Matthew 7:16 – Known by our fruit and NOT by what we possess
  • Human Wisdom – Seeks to ACCUMULATE
  • Spiritual Wisdom requires DIMINISHMENT
  • “Shaping” – How human experiences are interpreted by the soul
  • Solomon put his hope in what he saw and what he possessed
  • They became his IDEALS – Ideals are IDOLIZED – Idols are WORSHIPPED
  • His Idol was SELF CONTAINMENT
  • Hebrews 6:10-12,19
  • Souls – “SOFT  WAX” on which IMPRINTS are made
  • Jesus – A NEW IMPRINT >>>> A NEW NATURE
  • Colossians 1:27 – “Christ within, the HOPE of glory.”
  • Glory (Heb- Kabud) The glory Jesus shared in the luminous brilliance of His Father
  • “Jesus is the power and wisdom and holiness of God almighty. No thought can contain Him; no word can express Him. He transcends all human concepts, considerations, and expectations.” –Brennan Manning
  • THIS is the inconceivable power of “Christ Within,” which IS our  HOPE!
  • Romans 8:24 – The HOPE through which we are SAVED
  • Romans 15:13(AMP) “May the God of your HOPE fill you with all joy and peace in believing….”

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