Lent According to Advent: Christ

Sermon scripture: 1 Peter 1:3

The source of the hope:

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
Ephesians 2:1-5

The living hope comes by the new birth.

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’
John 3:3-7

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
1 Peter 1:23

The living hope comes by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Romans 10:9-10

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.
Ephesians 1:18-20

Lent According to Advent: Love

Sermon scripture: John 3:16-17

The idea that God loves the whole world is a new idea.

For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all
and richly blesses all who call on him, for,
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
-Romans 10:12-13

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
-1 John 4:8, 16

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.
And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
-1 John 3:16

God demonstrated His love in the most perfect way possible:

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
-Isaiah 53:5-6

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
-John 15:13

God’s Love is Salvation

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance:

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.
-1 Timothy 1:15, 2:5

Lent According to Advent: Joy

Sermon scripture: Nehemiah 8:10, John 15:11

The joy of Christ:
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

The joy of believers is the joy of Christ Himself reigning within their hearts.

Joy is divine.
And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
Acts 13:52

Joy does not depend on circumstances or happiness.
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
Psalm 5:11

Joy springs from faith.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

Joy of future reward makes and keeps one faithful.
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race
and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying
to the good news of God’s grace.
Acts 20:24

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now,
you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ,
so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
1 Peter 1:8, 4:13

The joy of believers is fulfilled as believers study His Word,
the promises and commandments which He made.

When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight,
for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty.
Jeremiah 15:16

I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world,
so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.
John 17:13

Lent According to Advent: Peace

Sermon scripture: John 14:25-27, Luke 2:13-14

There is the peace of the world.

There is the peace of Christ and of God.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

There is the source of peace.

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,
Ephesians 2:13-14

and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
Colossians 1:20-21

Lent According to Advent: Hope

Sermon scripture: Luke 24:21

The loss of Hope

          Jewish expectation for the Messiah

Hope restored