2 – Listen to the following words on hope
from the apostle Paul:
1 - The writings that we have received from times past were
written to teach us what we need to know.
2 - The unchanging and inspiring message of the scriptures
fills us with courage and hope.
1 - I pray that God - rock-solid and inspirational - will
unite you and enable you to get along with one another,
2 - showing each other the same sort of trust and respect
that Christ Jesus shows to everyone.
1 - That sort of peaceful shared life will ring out a
message, as clear as a bell, giving all the glory to the God and
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 - So welcome and accept one another as openly as Christ has
welcomed and accepted you, and may all the credit go to God!
1 - You can be sure of this: Christ accepted both insiders
2 - It is true that he came to serve the people of Israel,
who had always had inside access to the truth of God, so as to
make good on the promises made to their ancestors.
1 - But it is also true that he came so that the outsiders
might encounter the mercy of God and get into the swing of
giving credit and thanks to God too.
2 - The scriptures spoke of it in these words:
1 - “I will speak the truth about you among the outsiders, I
will sing your praises and honor your name.”
2 - In another place it is written:
1 - “You outsiders, come and celebrate with God’s people.”
2 - Similarly, another piece of scripture says:
1 - “All you outsiders, sing the praises of God; let all peoples
everywhere honor the Lord.”
2 - And the prophet Isaiah wrote:
1 - “The root of David’s family will sprout again, producing the
one who will give the outsiders hope; the one who will rule over
all people everywhere.”
2 - I pray that God, the hope-giver, will see to it that your
faith produces a flood of joy and peace that fills your lives
and spills over into an unshakeable confidence energized by the
(brief pause to indicate
scripture reading has ended)
1 – Please stand if you are able and sing
#189 - “To us a Child of hope is born”
Romans 15:4-13 (Laughing
©2001 Nathan Nettleton