True Hope in Hopeless Times (Part 1)

TEXT: Titus 2:11-14

There is a lot of talk about hope in our world — and based on the terrible events that frequently occur, it seems impossible to continue living without that essential ingredient — hope. Six years ago, one of the catchwords of a certain presidential candidate’s campaign was “hope.” Last year, when Francis was selected to lead the Catholic Church, someone called him the “pope of hope.” People of diverse backgrounds and upbringings from all around the world are looking for hope — something to cling to when they reach the end of their rope in life and suddenly find themselves in freefall.

The Church of Jesus Christ has been identified as a bearer of hope to the world. Today, I want us to look at the subject of hope in the Bible so that we, as followers of Christ, will know what it is we are hoping for and how that hope ought to inform our everyday lives. (We certainly don’t want to be like that presidential candidate and be bearers of false hope, and we all know that there is no hope in the pope.)

1. First, today, I want us to look at some misnomers about hope. Believe it or not, many in the church who say they have hope do not have a biblical hope. They are confused or ignorant about what the Bible says they should place their hope in. Let’s look at some of these misconceptions.

2. Our hope is a Person. Listen to what Paul writes to Titus, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”

3. We are also hoping for an event. Look once more at verse 13. It says, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing…” That is an event that will take place involving Jesus Christ. The church is hoping for Jesus Christ and what He will accomplish at the glorious appearing. We are waiting on a Person and what He will do when He comes.

That is the true hope of the church, dear friend — the Person of Jesus Christ and the event called the Rapture.



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