“The Fruit of Hope” (Romans 5:1-5; 8:18-25) Sunday July 23, 2017

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L:         God has planted within and among us the seed of the gospel.

 

P:         And through baptism and the Holy Spirit irrigated it with living waters.

 

L:         Parents and family, teachers and friends, pastors, counselors, and churches have each cultivated us.

 

P:         Yet it was always God who gave the growth!

 

U:        May the fruit of hope ripen among us and be shared so others taste and see that the Lord is good!

 

Scripture

(Romans 5:1-5; 8:18-25)    

                                   

Our readings come from the letter to the Romans. 

1Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.
3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
5and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
18I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us.
19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God;
20for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope
21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
22We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
24For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen?
25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Here ends our readings. May God bless our understanding.

 

“The Fruit of Hope”

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “The Fruit of Hope” (Romans 5:1-5; 8:18-25) Sunday July 23, 2017

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