Sunday Morning Sermon: Don’t Lose Sight of Hope | Romans 5:3-5 | Steve Wainright
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
When you lose sight of the end prize, you lose heart and become discouraged. When your focus is on the goal, you lose sight of your sorrow. Through suffering, our faith is being tested and strengthened. God is shaping your character and conforming you into the image of His Son.
-excerpts from Steve Wainright’s Morning Sermon
This Week’s Sermon Audio:
Wednesday Evening – Greater Abominations, Greater Judgment | Ezekiel 8-9 (Steve Wainright)
Sunday Morning – Don’t Lose Sight of Hope | Romans 5:3-5 (Steve Wainright)
Sunday Evening – A Man of God’s Influence | 2 Kings 1:1-18 (Steve Wainright)
“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.” -Philippians 3:20-21
Suffering keeps swelling our feet so that earth’s shoes won’t fit. -Joni Eareckson Tada
“Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.” -Nahum 1:12
There is a limit to affliction. God sends it, and God removes it. Do you sigh and say, “When will the end be?” Remember that our griefs will surely and finally end when this poor earthly life is over, Let us quietly wait and patiently endure the will of the Lord till He cometh.
Meanwhile, our Father in heaven takes away the rod when His design in using it is fully served. When He has whipped away our folly, there will be no more strokes. Or, if the affliction is sent for testing us, that our graces may glorify God, it will end when the Lord has made us bear witness to His praise. We would not wish the affliction to depart till God has gotten out of us all the honor which we can possibly yield Him.
There may today be “a great calm.” Who knows how soon those raging billows will give place to a sea of glass, and the sea birds sit on the gentle waves? After long tribulation the Rail is hung up, and the wheat rests in the garner. We may, before many hours are past, be just as happy as now we are sorrowful. It is not hard for the Lord to turn night into day. He that sends the clouds can as easily clear the skies. Let us be of good cheer. It is better on before. Let us sing hallelujah by anticipation.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“For it was fitting that He, for Whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the Founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For He Who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why He is not ashamed to call them brothers…” -Hebrews 2:10-11
>The Father (who has no lack of resources or power) brings His adopted children to glory by making the Captain of our salvation perfect through suffering. Jesus is not the Messiah in spite of suffering, but because of His suffering.
>In every major religion, it is basically taught that you get to go to a good place based on good things you have done. Christianity is different. You get to go to a good place because of good things someone else has done.
>Our paradise was lost when the First Adam succumbed to temptation and sin entered the world. Our paradise was gained when the Second Adam provided salvation through resisting temptation.
>Jesus is as much human as if He weren’t God at all, but He is as much God as if He weren’t human at all.
>Because of Christ’s suffering, we know more about the depths of God’s grace and His love. (Psalm 22; Hebrews 2:12)