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Sermon 2 - Looking for Hope in All the Wrong Places

Sermon 2 - Looking for Hope in All the Wrong Places

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SERMON
LOOKING FOR HOPE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES 2010
 
CALLED 2 LOVE
FOCAL SCRIPTURES:RESOURCES NEEDED:
Acts 27:10-24
Hebrews 11:1
Colossians 3:16
Matthew 18:4
Psalm 23
NOTES:
 
KEY TRUTH
We may
never 
find answers to rational questions like: “Why did God allow this?” and “Why didthis happen to me?” But perhaps there’s a more important
relational
question: In the midst of life’s storms, does God even notice? And most importantly: Does He really care?
Looking For Hope in all the Wrong Places
Other possible titles: Hope on Empty, The Audacity of Misplaced Hope or Runnin’ Low on Hope
FOCAL SCRIPTURES:
Acts 27:12-24
Hebrews 11:1
Colossians 3:16
Matthew 18:4
KEY WORDS FORFURTHER STUDY:
Are you struggling tohold on to hope?
Hope can be lost because some of our storms (like family disintegration and financialdisasters, violence and crime, addictions and abuse) have human contributors. Other storms(like cancer, natural disasters, birth-defects and infertility) come without warning. Thesestorms prompt us to ask: “Why God?” “Why now?” and “Why me?” All hope can seem lost.
 
Hope Lost
 
We often find ourselves in life’s storms – struggling to hold on to hope. We, likePaul and his first century companions,often struggle to make sense of life’sstorms and find ourselves – losing hope!So where do we find hope in the midst of storms like these? Where do we findhope when it seems like all hope is lost?Some of us may remember what theBible says about hope. The writer of Hebrews tells us that “faith is the sub-stance of things hoped for…” (Hebrews11:1). That may sound tricky: Faith in themidst of life’s storms? When we’re in themidst of difficult challenges, faith mayseem nearly impossible to come by.
There are plenty of storms in our world and few of them seem very small. There are:
storms of financial uncertainty, unemployment and recession
storms of violence, terrorism and global annihilation
storms of cancer and birth defects, suicide and school shootings
storms of moral collapse, family fragmentation and child abuse
Even in our own family, we’ve experienced storms that weren’t so small. Storms like …
 
“And since neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm was assailing us,from then all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned” (Acts 27:20).
Introduction
:
“No small storm was assailing us”... Don’t you think this is a fittingdescription of our world? Doesn’t this sound like an appropriate description for today?
Sermon NotesKEY TRUTH:
We may
never 
find answersto rational questions like:“Why did God allow this?”and “Why did this happen tome?”But perhaps there’s a moreimportant
relational
 question: In the midst of life’sstorms, does God evennotice? And mostimportantly: Does He reallycare?
Hope
Hope Lost
Hope Abandoned
 What are some of your storms?
 
SERMON
LOOKING FOR HOPE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES 2010
 
CALLED 2 LOVENotes:
In the midst of life’s storms...one boy’s hope shines through.
Insert link to “Collage of Storm” clips --- bar scene, Tyler in hospital, jail, arrest-handcuffs, momin Grandmothers lap, brother angry “I hate him”, etc.Insert link to “Collage of Hope” clips —-
 
Colossians 3:16 Preparation:
“Let the word dwell richly in you”
 
Pastor, pause to reflect on a particular “storm” in your own life. When has hope waned inyour life? Now remember and celebrate the evidence of God’s faithfulness. Considersharing this as a testimony of hope when you preach this sermon. “I can recall a time whenI thought all hope was lost …”
 Letters To God 
There is a special film coming totheaters across the country on April9th. David Nixon’s newest film,
Lettersto God 
portrays the storms of cancer,heartbreak, addiction, family traumaand loneliness and how these stormstake their toll on one special family.The storms impact this family in such away that just like the sea travelers inout text, “All hope is abandoned!”
Hope iscontagious
Sermon Notes
Yet in the midst of these storms, the movie portrays an unlikely hero: 8-year-old TylerDoherty. Tyler faces a battle with cancer, but inspires hope through his letters to God! Let’swatch some clips from
Letters to God 
that show just a sampling of life’s storms and how oneboy, one family, and eventually a whole community find hope that is contagious!
NOTES:Page 2
 
SERMON
LOOKING FOR HOPE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES 2010
 
CALLED 2 LOVENotes:Our response:
Hope regained is going torequire:
An attitude like King Jehoshaphat: “we arepowerless before this great multitude whoare coming against us; nor do we know whatto do,
but our eyes are on thee
(II Chronicles 20:12).
“Serving the Lord with gladness”(Psalm 100:2) Let’s take time right now andserve the Lord with gladness. Let’s pause togive Him thanks and by faith, express ourgratitude for how He notices and cares.
Encountering Christ:
 Just like thewoman in Mark 5, who was struggling with thestorms of her life—we can find hope in the truththat Jesus stops, He notices and He cares. TheGospel tells us that the woman barely touchedChrist’s robe, but He stopped. And the textimplies that He kept asking,, “Who touched me?”The All-Knowing Jesus certainly knew the identityof the woman. Could it be that Jesus called her outbecause He wanted the chance to publicly affirmher faith, demonstrate His care and restore herhope? Now imagine that Jesus is walking throughyour life. He turns around because He notices youand the storms of your life. Jesus stops and hisloving gaze is for you! He notices, He cares.Pause to receive Christ’s love and thank Him for
 
Hope Regained!
Look up
– 
But the most important step inregaining a hope-filled perspective is to: Look up! Hope can be regained when we arereassured that: God notices the storms in ourlives and He cares!
He
notices
– “for this very night an angelof the God to whom I belong and whom Iserve stood before me…” (Acts 27:23)
Hope can be restored when we under-stand that God may seem slow, but He isnever late! He
notices
and sees our pain.
He
cares
– “Do not be afraid. Paul, youmust stand before Caesar; and behold,God granted you all those who are sailingwith you” (Acts 27: 24)
We may never know, “Why?” but in themidst of tragedy and trauma, pain and loss,we have a God who is so personal that He
cares
and acts on our behalf.
Sermon Notes
Look around
 
 – A first principle forregaining hope is to: Embrace priorities thatlast!“And yet now I urge you take up your couragefor there shall be no loss of life among you; butonly the ship” (Acts 27:22). Paul gives us thisprinciple: Make a priority of people, not ships!When life’s storms try to steal our hope – invest in priorities that last. Priorities such as:
God
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,says the Lord God who is and who wasand who is to come, the Almighty”(Revelation 1:8).
His Word
“The grass withers, theflower fades, but the word of God standsforever” (Isaiah 40:8).
 
People
“And God created man in Hisown image, in the image of God Hecreated him, male and female He createdHim” (Genesis 1:27).
 
NOTES:Page 3Make the most of your times with God,His Word andHis people!

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