Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
Jesus Provides A Different Kind Of Hope Than What Is Wanted
A. Joel Osteen says: “Dreams consume your thinking and fuel your excitement and passion. It can happen in a single moment, or it can captivate your thoughts for years. Sometimes when the dream is really big, you embrace it, and somehow it feels like the dream embraces you. Our dreams are often about experiencing a better life, about achieving greater things they are pictures we have of the future that reveal a part of our lives that will be greater than the past. It takes courage to dream. Any time you dare to dream, there are risks involved. What if it never happens? What if it costs too much? What if people laugh at you?... Dreaming and believing for better things in your life and the lives of those around you is contagious. When you get around someone with the courage to dream, it has an amazing impact on you. As believers, we don't put our trust in circumstances or people. Our trust remains in the Lord. God is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask or think. This is what we are believing for, and I am confident that it will happen as we join hands and hearts to offer real hope to people … hope that can only be found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Don't let anything hold you back. Don't let anyone keep you from dreaming. The dreams God has given you are treasures worth living for. They are worth the price, I promise” (http://www.joelosteen.com/HopeForToday/ThoughtsOn/Life/DareToDream/Pages/DareToDream.aspx)!
1. Joel’s “real hope”, in his false teachings, is alluring people through a false hope for a better life now (II Peter 2:14-19).
2. Our hope is in Christ (I Timothy 1:1) and the life to come (Titus 3:7).
B. Creflo Dollar says: “There is nothing humble or noble about being poor… Poverty is not God’s will. He desires that we live full, abundant lives, with nothing missing, lacking, or broken… Fortunately, Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross of Calvary made provision for all who would receive Him as their Lord and Savior. This means where poverty once reigned, prosperity is now available for everyone who receives it by faith… To be truly prosperous, we must embrace the idea of total life prosperity. This is the will of God for all mankind, not just a select few. Jesus came to set us free from the curse of poverty so that we may live the abundant life” (http://www.creflodollarministries.org/BibleStudy/Articles.aspx?id=401).
1. Creflo’s false messages are most often about financial prosperity, when that is not the message of the Scriptures (Luke 3:14, Philippians 4:11-13, and I Timothy 6:6-10).
2. To discredit being poor is to be biblically ignorant (Proverbs 28:6, Luke 6:20, and James 2:5).
3. Jesus would be condemned by Creflo’s message (Luke 9:57-58 and II Corinthians 8:9).
4. Jesus did not come to set us free from poverty, as our hope is in being set free from sin (Romans 6:22).
5. If it were God’s will for all of mankind to prosper financially, then the Scriptures are false (Matthew 19:16-22).
II. Body: We must be able to discuss the hope we live for (I Peter 3:15), so let’s get to it!
A. The hope of a Christian is in salvation (Romans 8:24).
1. The hope of a Christian is still in the future (Colossians 1:5).
2. Our hope is not revealed through God giving us jobs, money, earthly belongings, etc. We find our hope through the Scriptures (Romans 15:4 and Colossians 1:23).
3. Salvation is realized in the resurrection (Hebrews 9:28).
B. Our hope is in the resurrection (I I Peter 1:3 and I Peter 1:18-21).
1. Those who do not have faith in the true resurrection are those who have no hope (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
2. Thus, we find that hope and trust are coupled together (Jeremiah 17:7).
a. The kind of trust that allows us to have hope in death (Proverbs 14:32).
b. The kind of trust that allows us to be patient, waiting for the return of Christ (Romans 8:25 and James 5:7-8).
C. Our hope will never perish, for it is eternal (II Thessalonians 2:14-17 and Titus 1:1-2).
1. The things people often hope for are worldly and those things are certain to perish (Mark 13:31 and I John 2:15-17).
2. People are often planning of how to have the better life, without ever counting how short it is (James 4:13-16).
3. Therefore, let’s keep our hope focused on the things that will last longer than this world (II Corinthians 4:18-5:1).
III. Conclusion: People want to hope for things to get “better” now while they live in sin. The hope in Christ requires us to live aright looking forward to the future, not the present (Titus 2:11-13).
© 2011 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager