Sermon

A Lit Verse in a Dark Chapter

Steve Kelly | January 12, 2019

A Lit Verse in a Dark Chapter By Pastor Steve Kelly

Romans 12:3-13 (NIV)For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Love in Action Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

PAUL SAID:

  1. Be joyful in hope.
  2. Patient in affliction.
  3. Faithful in prayer.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

We have power on the inside that’s not controlled by circumstances on the outside.

Jeremiah 29:4 (NIV)This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:

If you’re not in one now it means you just came out of one or you’re headed toward one.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

2 Chronicals 15:3-6 (NIV)For a long time Israel was without the true God, without a priest to teach and without the law. But in their distress they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them. In those days it was not safe to travel about, for all the inhabitants of the lands were in great turmoil. One nation was being crushed by another and one city by another, because God was troubling them with every kind of distress.

Jeremiah 29:14 (NLT)I will be found by you,” says the LORD. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”

Don’t give up until you look up.

Hope means He can give me back what I lost even if it’s my fault that I lost it.

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