Share Your Hope

Share Your Hope

Why A Sermon on Sharing Hope?

At Restart we follow the imperative of sharing our Faith from an application of the story of David and Goliath.  The passage is found in 1 Samuel 17, but let’s lean in on verse 40:

  • David took his stick in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the shepherd’s bag which he had, even in his pouch, and his sling was in his hand; and he approached the Philistine – 1 Samuel 17:40

First, let’s note he “chose for Himself.”  You and I must be personally involved in what we do to face the Giants we face.  We must be resolved.  No one can choose to do this for you – you must do it alone

Second, he put them “in the shepherds bag… in his pouch”.   You must carry your shepherds bag with you. David had already outfitted himself with what he needed before engaging the enemy.  Now it was empty when he approached the brook – but he had to take it with him. All of us must carry our shepherds bag.

Third, “he approached the Philistine.”  And you must approach the Giant face on.  The difficulties of our life are not going anywhere.   You and I must run to the battle line to engage the Giants we face.  Notice too:

Four, he “took his stick.”  You don’t hear much about his stick after he leaves the brook.  Now we’re not going to start a new church over this, but it’s sensible to suggest he needed the stick to dig out the stones. Like you and I.  We need to stir away the mud, gravel and fish-poop covering our weapons of spiritual warfare.  We need to stir up our spiritual arsenal in order to pick out the five smooth stones we need to do battle.

Five.  At Restart we feel a special relevance comes at this point.  We invoke the following application; the five smooth stones are:

  • Prayer
  • Bible Study
  • Gathering Together
  • Serving Others
  • Sharing Our Hope with Others

Let’s remember.  David did not know which of the five he would eventually grab from his pouch when it came time to engage the Giant.  So we too must be practiced in them all to best ready our own engagement.

Let me ask you, after examining these five, which one would you say you are weakest at?  That’s right, Sharing the Hope.  H. Buck comes to the pulpit to offer Bible instruction on the imperatives sharing the Faith.  The Bible verses which underscore his message are offered below and will yield great fruit when meditated upon.  But please take time to watch the video to see how Buck unwraps each one.

  • How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?  How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!” – Romans 10:14-15
  • He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;  but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” – Acts 1:7-8
  • He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it. – Matthew 10:39
  • While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world – John 9:5
  • You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven – Matthew 5:14-16
  • And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness – Acts 4:31
  • Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?   If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are – 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
  •  Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute?  May it never be!  Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her?  For He says, “The two shall become one flesh.”  But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him – 1 Corinthians 6:15-17
  • Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate, says the Lord, and do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you. – 2 Corinthians 6:16-17
  • As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world – John 17:18
  • And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord.  So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”  And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. – John 20:20-22
  • For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them – Ephesians 2:10
  • No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it away in a cellar nor under a basket, but on the lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness. If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it, it will be wholly illumined, as when the lamp illumines you with its rays – Luke 11:33-36
  • But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth
    – Matthew 6:23-24
  • Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising – Isaiah 60:1-3
  • Then he said to his slaves, The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy – Matthew 22:8
  •  And He said to them,  Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned – Mark 16:15
  • In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following – 1 Timothy 4:6
  • Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

It’s Your Story

Sharing your hope is not difficult really.   You simply speak of what has happened to you.  How Christ reached in a made a difference. There are a few things you might keep in mind

  • Pray to assure your path
  • Look upon others with Mercy
  • Strike up a conversation
    • Great openers:
      • I’m a Believer, can I pray for You?
      • Has anyone loved you enough to tell you of God’s love for you?
  • Share about your fellowship with others
    • If it’s too hard to bring Jesus into your conversation, tell them about Restart – how cool the people are; how comfortable you are attending there
      • Or about your group of Believers, of course
      • People don’t have church to gather at

It’s God’s Job to Save People

This is so important to remember!  It takes the pressure off to know God does not expect you bring people to their knees – He does that.

  • No man can by any means redeem his brother or give to God a ransom for him – Psalm 49:7
  • I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth – 1 Corinthians 3:6

Our job is to point the way to hope.  This is done by sharing the hope within us.   You are not held responsible to save – but to encourage – to give hope.  Won’t you take a moment to send your questions or comments to Pastor Bob?  This link shoots directly to him.  Until next time then, thank you for tuning in to Restart Church and may the Lord Bless You as You Go.

 

 

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