Who is Sam T. Sirhc - Carriers of Hope #1
Scripture: Matthew 2:2-8
R.E.A.C.H - Raising Eternal And Community Hope
II Corinthians 10:13b “…but will boast (celebrate, glory in) only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you.”
Recognize our area of influence.
To Reach those who we were assigned.
GOAL: I believe God has called everyone of you to lead someone to Christ in 2017.
- We can ignite nations. Ignite - to set afire or to cause to blaze with flames.
- We can impact a 4 state area.
Impact - the force of impression from one thing on another; a significant or major affect.
- We can, We will, We must influence culture in a 20 mile radius of TWBC.
Influence - Change Culture
Who is Sam T. Sirhc? Are we celebrating who we do not know? Have we gotten Christmas backwards?
2 “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”
Sam T. Sirhc # 1
Carriers of Hope
Short Guatemala Testimony for Intro.
When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.
And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
In both of these accounts, the people had been victimized by misplaced hope.
-The Crowd had placed it’s hope in Priests, Pharisees, Sadducees, and Kings who had led them into harsh religious rituals and idol worship.
-The wayward son had placed his hope in money and gluttonous living.
-Jesus’ and the Father’s compassion moved them to act, because they recognized that those who had misplaced their hope were being drawn to hope in them.
-Misplaced hope leads to damaged, injured, and weak hope, which can eventually lead to dead hope or, hopelessness.
When you’re hope is placed in or on Christ, those with misplaced hope will take notice.
-You then must allow compassion to motivate you to act.
-Jesus taught and fed them.
-The Father fully restored the son to his place as an heir.
-We’re ‘hoping’ that you’re moved with ‘compassion’ to sponsor a child through Compassion International if you haven’t already.
What is Hope?
1 Corinthians 13:13
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
If hope is listed right along with faith and love as the abiding three…why then do we not put the same amount of effort into teaching and understanding hope as we do understanding faith and love?
-Hope is more than merely wishing, wanting, or desiring.
-Hope, in the greek, is the word ‘elpis’ (el-pē’s) …which translates as a joyful and confident expectation, to anticipate with pleasure.
-As believers we proclaim that we place our joy, our confidence, and expectation in Christ alone.
The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
-Notice how in this verse hope and expectancy are synonymous.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
-God didn’t say “I have plans to give you a future and a faith, or even love…interesting.
Why is Hope Such a Big Deal?
To understand why hope is important we must understand it in relation to faith and love.
Hebrews 11:1 (Amplified)
11 Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].
Illustration: Bow and Arrow
-Faith is simply what you believe, it’s what you understand and completely believe to be true even though you can’t see it.
-It’s by faith that we receive everything that His grace has provided.
-This arrow represents your faith.
-How many of you know that this arrow is not very effective without some form of propulsion?
-That is where hope comes in.
-Hope is the bow that propels and directs the arrow to it’s desired target.
-Without hope, or expectancy, we have nothing to point this arrow and fire it at the target.
-There’s an expression in faith circles that’s very true, it says that ‘Expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles’…what that’s really saying is that by definition ‘HOPE’ is the breeding ground for miracles!
-Hope can only be placed in one thing…
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.
-Jesus is love personified.
-Our hope, if it’s to be effective, must be placed in the hands of Jesus.
-Hope must never be placed in or on what your faith is trying to obtain.
-Hope must never be placed in a person.
-This is why misplaced hope is so dangerous.
-Remember, hope directs your faith, or the arrow.
-We must allow Him be the one who propels and directs our faith.
-Our hope cannot come from receiving things, our hope must come from our relationship with the one who is our source of hope.
Carriers of Hope
To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
-Back to Compassion International for a second.
-I believe one of the reasons why CI is so effective in bringing hope is because the sponsors are usually unseen by the recipients.
-They understand that someone is other the other end of their blessing but they don’t have the get to establish an intimate relationship with them.
-There hope remains in Christ who provided them with a sponsor as opposed to hope in a sponsor who provided them with Christ.
-We must take great care to always keep ‘the bow’ in the hands of Christ, both in our lives and the lives of those we are ministering to.
-Who’s carrying your bow?
-Is hope in Christ for everything from salvation to the food on your table?
-Who’s bow are you carrying?
-As we bring hope to others we must take great care to make sure that we’re directing the their hope to Him, not establishing a dependency within that is upon ourselves.
-Misplaced hope leads to misguided, and weak faith in yourself and others.
Know Your Hope
Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.
-He has called you to Himself.
-Let Him establish hope, Himself, in your life.
-Stop placing the bow in someone else’s hands.
-Who can you carry hope to?
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