A Promised Hope

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5 December, 2021David BuxtonThe Christmas Promise

Join us as David continues our Advent series 'The Christmas Promise'.

This morning will also be a wonderful celebration of the hope that we have in Jesus as we baptise Ella Trainor.

We're looking forward to you joining us!

With all my heart I wait for the Lord to help me.

    I put my hope in his word.

I wait for the Lord to help me.

    I want his help more than night watchmen want the morning to come.

I’ll say it again.

    I want his help more than night watchmen want the morning to come.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord,

    because the Lord’s love never fails.

    He sets his people completely free.

He himself will set Israel

    free from all their sins.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.

This week's questions for reflection are:

  1. What is one thing that God has spoken to you about this morning?
  2. What are you going to do about this?
  3. Who are you going to talk with or tell about this?

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