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What We Need For Christmas: A Hope

December 17, 2017 Speaker: Joe Walser Series: What we need for Christmas

Topic: Biblical Passage: Romans 8:18–8:25

The substance of the CWL, “our faith is hope in the fidelity of God to HIS PROMISES.” - Francis Chan


“You and I are unavoidably and irreducibly hope-based creatures. We are controlled not how we live now, but what we think will happen later..” - Tim Keller


Principle: You need HOPE THIS CHRISTMAS more than anything else.

  • James 4:9
  • Matthew 5:4
  • Luke 6:25

Romans 8:18-25


  • We are in bondage to corruption
  • We are longing to be set free…released where the full benefits of a KING and HOME will be experienced

Hope Defined:

  • A constant focus on the certainty that God will finish what the cross made possible. Namely, Jesus will return, release us from the bondage to decay and fully usher in His KINGDOM where we will make our HOME with fellow believers for all eternity


The absence of HOPE:

  • Frustration, anger
  • Self-focus
  • Unrealistic expectation of others
  • Becoming manipulative or controlling
  • Doubting the goodness of God
  • Lacking thanksgiving


Hope Produces:

  1. Steadfastness (endurance)
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
  1. Joy
  • Romans 12:12
  1. Love
  • Colossians 1:3-5
  1. Boldness
  • 2 Corinthians 3:12


Hope Challenge this Christmas!

Where are you putting your HOPE?

  • Matthew 6:19-21

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