Have you ever felt hopeless?
I remember the moment the doctor came to the hospital waiting area and told my mom that there was nothing they could do for my dad. He had lung cancer and we were waiting for the surgery to be finished. But the tumor was in a location that they could not operate. I know the doctor said some other things, but all I heard was “there’s nothing we can do.” He later went through radiation and survived another 9 months. But at that moment in the hospital I felt so hopeless.
When you hit the ‘brick wall’ of life it can be devastating. You can’t see the future. You lose your job. You are evicted from your home. Your spouse files for divorce. You fail at school. Your doctor tells you your disease is terminal. I suppose the worst is death.
However, death is not the end. Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ we have hope. Not just hope beyond death. We also have hope beyond any adversity we face. The resurrection of Jesus is the central belief of the Christian faith.
This Sunday I will begin a four-part sermon series called: Finding Hope. It is based on 1 Corinthians 15. This week, my message is “The Gospel is the Hope of the World” from 1 Corinthians 15:1-11.
What is the Gospel? Modern society, including many Christians, have a wrong definition of the Gospel. Yet, we discover that the Gospel is simple and powerful. The Gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus according to the Scriptures. The good news (definition of Gospel) is that Jesus died for our sins and rose again to give us eternal life. An understanding of the Gospel will change your life. The Gospel will give you hope in any hopeless situation.
If you are facing some difficult life circumstances, please join me in church this Sunday. The message is for you. I know life can get you down. People will disappoint and hurt you. You feel like you’ve failed too many times. Don’t let the failings of others or the inconsistency of your own efforts keep you hopeless. Jesus came to give hope to those of us who can’t seem to find any hope at all. It’s not something you try to talk yourself into. Hope is a genuine trust that God has a better plan for your life than you are living right now.
Join us this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.