Monday, October 02, 2006

Hope Laid Up in Heaven

Yesterday was a great day of worship with God’s people. I preached from Colossians 1:5-6. Paul and I have been working through the book of Colossians and I had the privilege of preaching on the topic of “hope.” The great thing about this topic is that it is intimately connected to the gospel. The great points of application from this text are: 1. The power of the gospel at work in our lives is hope; 2. The gospel has universality and effectiveness; 3. The gospel is distinguished by joy; 4. The gospel is essential, but rooted in God’s sovereignty; 5. The gospel should move us to worship. Paul in this text is thanking God for the Colossians faith and love which is on account of their hope. The greatest challenge that I received and hopefully conveyed to our people is that hope is not just a confidence in heaven, but “realized eschatology.” Hope is the realization of the completion of our salvation and ultimately the display of the power of Christ and God’s glory.

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