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Slides for a Message I gave May, 2008 on the Christian Hope.

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  • NOTES:
  • SECOND IN A THREE PART SERIES ON WHAT IT TAKES ME TO MOVE FORWARD AS A PART OF THIS BODY FIRST, LAST JULY, NO FUTURE WITHOUT FORGIVENESS Title of a Book by Desmond Tutu, Chairmen of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. Forgiveness is the Cross Shaped Keyhole through which every Christian must pass for them to have a future in faith. My own story of forgiveness. - trying to make sense of where we have been as a church, where we are now and where we might be going. - last June my message was no future without forgivemess. There is such a thing as radical evil. Only way through pain and out the otherside is forgiveness Reflecting on my personal journey today I talk about hope just s there is no future without forgivemess there is also no future without hope.
  • NOTES: FRENCH GENERAL NAPOLEON BONAPARTE ONCE SAID, LEADERS ARE DEALERS IN HOPE! PROBLEM: SOMETIMES THEY ARE ALSO DEALERS IN HYPE! Once it becomes difficult to discern the hype from the hope people get disillusioned. That how it has been at new Life these past years. So people have gotten disappointed.
  • NOTES: All politicians get it, IS THIS THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES?
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  • NOT SURE IF PEOPLE KNOW WHAT TODAY IS? FIRST SUNDAY OF MAY IS OUR ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY AS A CHURCH. NEW LIFE WAS FOUNDED MAY, 1986 THIS IS OUR 22 ND ANNIVERSARY! SO HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEW LIFE! HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE HERE THAT FIRST SUNDAY? HOW MANY HAVE BEEN HERE 20 YEARS? THA’S HOW LONG OUR FAMILY HAS ATTENDED? WHERE IS EVERYBODY? SOME PEOPLE LEFT MAD BECAUSE OF HURT. MY MESSAGE LAST YEAR WAS THAT UNLESS WE CAN FIRGIVE, THERE IS NO FUTURE FOR RELATIONSHIPS. HOWEVER, MANY MORE PEOPLE HAVE LEFT SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY GOT TIRED OF WAITING THEY GOT DISAPPOINTED. THE HOPE BECAME HYPE AND BE WERE LET DOWN. PROMISES WERE MADE ABOUT WHAT GOD WAS GOING TO DO BUT THEY DID NTO COME TURE. I AM GOING TO SAY SOMETHING HARD HERE BUT BEAR WITH ME. IF YOU DO NOT COME TO A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE BIBLICAL HOPE IS AND WHAT IT IS NOT, YOU TOO MAY SUFFER DISAPPOINTMENT AND IT MAY ROCK YOUR FAITH! THIS IS WHERE i HAVE BEEN AT FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS AS WE HAVE GONE THROUGH ANOTHER MAJOR TRANSITION IN OUR CHURCH’S HISTORY. THIS IS WHY I AM SPEAKING TO YOU ON HOPE. UNLESS YOU REALLY GRASP THE BIBLICAL CONCEPT OF HOPE YOU WILL STRUGGLE WITH DISAPPOINTMENT WITH GOD and WITH CHURCH EVEN TO THE POINT YOU WILL FIND YOURSLEF DIS APPOINTED FROM YOUR PLACE HERE.
  • NOTES: Say some Hard Things. Please understand that what I am going to say is not directed at any one particular individual or leader. It is a perspective! I think we are caught in a CULTURE OF HYPE! We have raised people’s expectations with the Hype! We have made promises and not delivered on them! So Lets talk about it as a family Instead of people getting disappointed and voting with their feet! Okay?
  • This is the reason we don’t season may of our early people here. Their hopes for a future with us died from disappointment. e.g. Story by victor Frankl disappointment is not about hope letting us down but is a sign that we do not understand the plot of the story we are living in. Just as the prisoner at the camp through his dream indicated that he would be free so we thought a prophesy or a word or a sign or manifestations indicated we were headed in that direction and it was for naught so we get disappointed. Even this building was for us a sign of God’s great work in the future. When we are in Disappointment it means we don’t understand the story SO WE NEED JESUS TO COME ALONG SIDE OF US AND RE EXPLAIN THE STORY TO US. WE ARE DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE WE DON’T UNDERSTAND THE STORY ! - It is really only when you suffer deep disappointment that you begin to learn of hope, true hope as Jeremiah did in Lamentations
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  • He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. The Road to Emmaus is a story that invites us to bring our disappointments to Jesus. He knows the end from the Beginning When we are in Disappointment it means we don’t understand the story
  • Famous 17 th Century Painting depicting the revelation of Christ at the table as he broke bread. See the surprise BUT There were TWO disciples not THREE Scholars believe that the TWO were a husband & wife = CLOPAS & his wife MARY who lived in Emmaus The phrase “And their eyes were opened” is an allusion to the Genesis story where Adam & Eve had their eyes opened when they at the fruit, knowing good and evil! It is Luke’s way of saying that “Here is the new humanity” This is the climax of the human project. Jesus Risen from the dead!
  • WHAT IS CHRISTIAN HYPE? WHAT IS CHRISTIAN HOPE? HOW DO WE KNOW THE DIFFERENCE?
  • Tell my story of Failure in the Life of Jesus Course he glory of the gospel is that the Creator of the universe entered history, taking on human flesh and embracing pain, heartache, weakness, suffering and death. (Philippians 2:3-9) Far from floating over the difficulties of human life, Jesus embraced them and in doing so, dignified them. Therefore, though we fail, we know that God values us and affirms our humanness, weak and vulnerable as it is. For the Jesus we are to be like is thoroughly human and our challenge is to follow him in his demonstration of true humanity not in a theologically constructed divinity. What a relief it is to know that the measure of our Christ likeness is not in a demonstration of divine attributes, but in an embrace of our humanity for the sake of others. This is why we can celebrate missing the theologically constructed mark of a super hero Jesus. This is not what we are meant for. We are meant to glorify God in our humanness, representing Him to His world.
  • NOTES: This is so for Jesus AND It is so for us Paul introduces this passage with the words… Let your attitude be that of Christ! 1If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  • NOTES: This is so for Jesus AND It is so for us! How do we endure?
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  • Jesus tells the story differently! So disappointment makes sense because we are never meant to live the Christian life devoid of disappointment or suffering.
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  • NOTES: Imagine riding this up a hill? How about over rocky terrain? It all depends on one wheel.
  • Hope is, in the New Testament, a very strong word. It does not denote (as it does in contemporary English) merely a strong desire for something which may or may not happen in the future. It is rather an unshakeable assurance about what the future holds. It is the anchor of the soul, firmly secured in that which is beyond our sight but which is the real future. It therefore furnishes us with the criteria for determining all action in the immediate present. This absolute confidence about the future is grounded in the fact that Jesus, the living word of God present as a man in the midst of our human history, who had been rejected, humiliated, condemned to the death of an enemy of God, dead, buried and sealed in the tomb, had been raised from the dead victorious over all the powers of death and hell. That fact, that finished work which is now part of history and therefore irreversible, is the pledge that, beyond all the temporary victories of evil, the ultimate future belongs to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. And that fact must determine all our thinking and planning and doing in the passing present. All thinking and planning and doing which supposes another future for the human race is folly.
  • Hope is, in the New Testament, a very strong word. It does not denote (as it does in contemporary English) merely a strong desire for something which may or may not happen in the future. It is rather an unshakeable assurance about what the future holds. It is the anchor of the soul, firmly secured in that which is beyond our sight but which is the real future. It therefore furnishes us with the criteria for determining all action in the immediate present. This absolute confidence about the future is grounded in the fact that Jesus, the living word of God present as a man in the midst of our human history, who had been rejected, humiliated, condemned to the death of an enemy of God, dead, buried and sealed in the tomb, had been raised from the dead victorious over all the powers of death and hell. That fact, that finished work which is now part of history and therefore irreversible, is the pledge that, beyond all the temporary victories of evil, the ultimate future belongs to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. And that fact must determine all our thinking and planning and doing in the passing present. All thinking and planning and doing which supposes another future for the human race is folly.

No Future without Hope Presentation Transcript

  • 1. No Future without …. Hope
  • 2. Three part series on the Future of Faith at New Life
    • No Future without Forgiveness
      • 2007
    • No Future without Hope
      • 2008
    • No Future without Love
      • 2009 – God willing!
  • 3. No Future without Forgiveness!
    • “ It isn't easy, as we all know, to ask for forgiveness and it's also not easy to forgive, but we are people who know that when someone cannot be forgiven there is no future.”
    • - Desmond Tutu
  • 4. Message Outline
    • Distinguish Hope from Hype.
    • How to avoid Death by Disappointment
    • Journey to Emmaus…
    • Letting Jesus tell the story
    • Surprised by Hope
    • No Future without Hope
    • Communion
  • 5. Dealers in Hope?
    • French General Napoleon Bonaparte once said,
    • “ Leaders are dealers in hope!”
  • 6. Or Dealers in Hype?
    • The Audacity of Hype!
  • 7.
    • What day is it today?
  • 8.
    • HAPPY BIRTHDAY
    • NEW LIFE!
    • #22
  • 9.
    • Where are all the people?
  • 10. Death by Disappointment
    • Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
    • but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
    • - Proverbs 13:12
  • 11. Luke 24:13-35
    • Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.  He asked them, "What are you discussing together as you walk along?"
    • They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, "Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?" "What things?" he asked.
  • 12. Luke 24:13-35
    • "About Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn't find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see."
  • 13. Luke 24:13-35
    • He said to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
  • 14.  Luke 24:13-35
    • As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them.
    • When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"
  • 15.  Luke 24:13-35
    • They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, "It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon." Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
  • 16. The Journey to Emmaus
    • but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.
  • 17. The Journey to Emmaus
    • “ How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
    • Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?"
  • 18. The Journey to Emmaus
    • Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.
  • 19. Three Questions!
    • WHAT IS CHRISTIAN HYPE?
    • WHAT IS CHRISTIAN HOPE?
    • HOW DO WE KNOW THE DIFFERENCE?
  • 20. What is Christian Hype?
    • Jesus as the FIRST Super hero!
    • And we can be Super Heroes Too!
    Get the T Shirt!
  • 21. The Glory of The Gospel
    • And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. (Phil 2:8)
  • 22. The Vocation of the Christian is Cross Shaped!
    • "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (Mark 8:34-35)
  • 23. How do we endure?
    • No Future without …
    • Hope!
  • 24. What is Christian Hope?
    • He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.
      • Matthew 28:6
    • There is Life after Life after death!
  • 25. How do we know the difference?
    • Christian Hype proclaims a gospel of salvation FROM suffering!
    • Christian Hope proclaims a gospel of salvation THROUGH suffering!
    • Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?
    • See also Mark 10:35-45
  • 26. Mark 10:35 - 45
    • Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. "Teacher," they said, "we want you to do for us whatever we ask."
    • "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked.
    • They replied, "Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory."
  • 27. Mark 10:35 - 45
    • "You don't know what you are asking," Jesus said. "Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?"
    • "We can," they answered. Jesus said to them, "You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared."
  • 28. Mark 10:35 - 45
    • When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. Jesus called them together and said, "You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.
    • For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
  • 29. The Bicycle Metaphor
    • Christian Hype puts all its weight on the FRONT wheel!
    CHRISTIAN HYPE
  • 30. Surprised By Hope!
    • N. T. Wright:
    • God is Creator
    • God is Good!
    • Therefore, he is utterly committed to setting the world right!
    • SO we have HOPE!
  • 31. No Future without Hope
    • Hope is … an unshakeable assurance about what the future holds .
    Leslie Newbigin
  • 32. No Future without Hope
    • It is the anchor of the soul, firmly secured in that which is beyond our sight but which is the real future. It therefore furnishes us with the criteria for determining all action in the immediate present.
    Leslie Newbigin
  • 33. The Christian Hope rides on TWO wheels! REALIZED HOPE of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection! FUTURE HOPE of our Resurrection!
  • 34. Summary
    • Where will you be in 20 years time?
    • Disappointed in faith because of the Christian hype?
    • Steadfast in faith because of the Christian hope?
    • There is NO Future without Hope!