Today we trace “The Progress of Hope” from the time of Isaiah to the first advent of Christ, to us in the church, and into the future to Christ’s second advent. This isn’t a hope we keep in our back pocket and pull out when times are glum–it’s a hope we live by daily!
Christ is risen! This is the source of the hope and the life that we celebrate on Easter Sunday.
The disciples and those who accompanied Jesus to Jerusalem didn’t have a complete understanding of the journey they were taking, but they walked along with purpose and in hope. Pastor Bob helps us look at their journey and ours.
From Revelation 21:1-5. Pastor John will lead us through this passage as we look to the new heaven and new earth, considering the hope and longings we feel for the time when God will establish his dwelling with men.
When you watch the news, or pray for friends, family, a situation, or the nations, do you ever feel a sense of hopelessness? Sometimes, we look around and think, “How can this situation change? What can be done here? How can evil be overcome?”
A look at hope in Jesus on this first Sunday of Advent.
“There Is Hope.” This word of God that came through the prophets is for every nation of people throughout history. Those who follow God can depend upon him to keep his promises. Join us as we look at the “already, but not yet” in Isaiah 11: the promised restoration to the exiled of Israel, the promises fulfilled in the coming of Christ, and the promises to be fulfilled when Christ returns and establishes his eternal kingdom.
Pastor Dan Waugh considers God’s word to us from Isaiah 9:1-7 in light of the collision this past week of Christmas cheer and human suffering. Isaiah reminds us that our hope is in God and his Rescuer, not in some vain notion of human goodness.