The Hopeful Christian in Hopeless Times, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #49)

TEXT: 1 Peter 1:3-9

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

The Hopeful Christian in Hopeless Times, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #49)
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The most powerful thing we have learned so far from this passage is that we as Christians have a cause and reason to hope even when we are facing negative situations. Perhaps, right now, you are thinking of a situation or circumstance that you could not imagine yourself being hopeful in. However, we saw last week that the Christian can “greatly rejoice” even when being afflicted by many temptations, trials, and troublesome situations. One reason why we can be hopeful is that our trials, our temptations, and our troubles have a purpose. This is what we will look at today.

Peter writes, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” This verse tells us several things about the troubles we face in life. Continue Reading…

The Hopeful Christian in Hopeless Times, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #48)

TEXT: 1 Peter 1:3-9

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

The Hopeful Christian in Hopeless Times, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #48)

Last week, a pastor and church family in Florida held a funeral for the pastor’s three daughters who were killed in a car crash as they returned from a church convention. A fellow musician who was traveling with them as well as the woman who lost control of her truck, causing the crash, died as well. None of us who have children can imagine losing one child, much less losing all of your children in the same day in such a tragic manner similar to how Job lost his children all at once. One daughter was starting a fashion line, one was about to sign a record deal, and another was getting ready to go back to school to become a nurse. We can only begin to imagine the heartache and hopelessness that this pastor and church family must feel at this time. How can they have hope at a time like this? We find the answer in God’s Word.

Last week, we learned that one of the reasons we have hope in hopeless times is because we have “an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven” for us. No matter what happens in this world, no matter how hopeless things seem, we have an inheritance waiting for us in Heaven. In Pilgrim’s Progress, Christian and Hopeful glimpsed a sight of their inheritance as they were on the straight and narrow way. The Bible tells us about this inheritance — our eternal union with God and peace in Heaven where there will be no more strife, no more tears, and no more dying. And where we will be reunited with saved loved ones. That is what allows that pastor and church family in Florida to remain hopeful even as they go through what looks like a hopeless time. Continue Reading…

The Hopeful Christian in Hopeless Times (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #47)

TEXT: 1 Peter 1:3-9

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

The Hopeful Christian in Hopeless Times (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #47)

Many people who are dissatisfied with the leadership of this country have begun looking at the twenty candidates who are now running for president. Over the course of the next few months, many will put their hope in one candidate or another whom they believe can resolve the issues in this nation and tackle problems that we are facing around the globe. Of course, the leaders that we put in place are important, however, we are told in Scripture not to place our confidence, our hope, or our trust in man.

What do we put our hope in? What do we hope for as Christians? When we speak of the Christian’s hope, we mean something different than what the world means when it speaks of hope. Worldly hope is an expression of a possibility with an element of doubt. For example, you might say, ‘I hope the Dallas Cowboys win this football game.’ You are expressing a real possibility that might or might not happen. However, when the Bible speaks of the Christian’s hope, it is referring to our belief in an absolute certainty. Continue Reading…

Christians Who Are Alive But Dead, or The Dying Christian (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #46)

PART A


PART B


Proverbs 21:16: “The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.”

Christians Who Are Alive But Dead, or The Dying Christian (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #46) Continue Reading…

Christians in Despair and Depression, Part 5 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #45)

TEXT: Romans 8:37-39

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Christians in Despair and Depression, Part 5 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #45)

We began this mini-series on how Christians can handle despair and depression by highlighting the number of people — Christian and non-Christian — who have sadly taken their lives after a struggle with depression or some kind of mental illness. We would be remiss if we did not tackle the subject of suicide itself as a part of this series. It is a topic that most Christians generally avoid because it is such a sensitive issue — especially for the family and friends of those who have taken their own lives. Perhaps even sadder are the tragic stories of those who kill others before killing themselves. Continue Reading…

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