“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
This is one of those passages of Scripture you really do need to memorize. Rightly understand, it will help you stand firm through much of the pain and suffering that are part of life in this, hectic broken world. That’s why this has been the theme verse for our Grace Bible Conference, which ends today.
Let’s face it, hope is in short supply for many these days. After more than a year of pandemic precautions, political chaos, violent protests, partisan accusations, riots, anger, frustration, moral chaos in the streets and no doubt many personal tragedies, people are just tired. Under these conditions, it’s easy to lose hope. Washington has no answers. Churches seem to be divided over the issues. Much of life feels out of control. Where do we turn for hope?
Answering that question has been the goal of this year’s conference. Each of our speakers was asked to help you find a renewed sense of hope in the faithful promises of God’s word. It is only as we take our eyes off this present chaos and fix them firmly on Christ, that we will find the help we need.
This morning my friend Jacob Adams and I will each try to help you do that. Jacob will begin the morning with a message called “Hope in a Known God” at 9:30. I will then finish out our conference with a message on “Abounding Hope” from our theme verse, Romans 15:13.
May God increase our hope and joy in Him.
PS – A couple of final things to note
1) If you would still like to give toward our conference and speakers, please designate your gift for “Grace Bible Conference” or “GBC”
2) Note that next Sunday we will return to our old schedule of having Sunday School followed by a single worship service. Sunday School will begin at 9:30. Worship will be at 10:45. There will be nursery for children up to age 2. We will also have an overflow area in the fellowship hall.