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Church of Hope in Sarasota, FL - Love God, Love People, Love Life

February 19, 2018

2.18.18 // BECAUSE …

because…
Love Brings Joy - Part 3
Pastor Holly Russo

SEASONS OF GROWTH

1. Because…your sins are forgiven

1 John 2:12 - I am writing you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.

1 John 2:13 - I am writing to you, father, because you know him who is from the beginning.

1 John 2:14 - I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.

2. Because… the word of God lives in you

1 John 2:14 - I write you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you.

1 John 2:13 - I write to you, children, because you know the Father.

3. Because…you are strong

1 John 2:14 - I write you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you.

4. Because…you have overcome the enemy

1 John 2:13 - I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.

1 John 2:14 - I write you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

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February 12, 2018

2.11.18 // BREAKING THE CHAINS OF SHAME

LOVE BRINGS JOY

Breaking the Chains of Shame

Pastor Peter Young

 

1 John 2:1 - My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

 

1. The PURPOSE of Shame – REPENTANCE

Romans 6:21-22 - What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.

 

2. The PROBLEM with Shame – ISOLATION

1 John 1:8 - If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

 

3. The POWER of Shame – BONDAGE

Galatians 5:1 - Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

 

4. The PLACE of breaking Shame’s chains – The CROSS

1 John 2:12 - I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.

 

5. The PURE JOY of NO Shame – FREE, CLEAN, LOVED

1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

1 John 1:7 - But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

1 John 1:4 - And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.

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February 6, 2018

2.4.18 // PATHWAY TO JOY

PATHWAY TO JOY
Love Brings Joy
Scott Young.com – Pastor of HOPE

 

1 John 1:4 - And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.

 

1 John 3:23 - This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.

 

You Can Have Fullness of Joy

 

1. You Can Walk In Love

 

1 John 4:10 - This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

 

1 John 4:11 - Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

 

2. You Can Walk In Forgiveness

 

1 John 1:8 - If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

 

1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

3. You Can Walk In Eternal Life

 

1 John 5:13 - These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

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January 28, 2018

1.28.18 // BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND
A Fresh Start
Scott Young.com – Pastor of HOPE

Matthew 25:19 - Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

Matthew 25:21 - His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

Choose Your Tomorrow Today

1. Choose The Good

Galatians 6:10 - Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

2. Choose Faith

2 Corinthians 5:7 - For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Romans 10:17 - So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of God.

Hebrews 11:6 - Without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

3. Choose To Serve

Colossians 3:23-24 - [24] In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people. [24] Remember that you will receive your reward from the Lord, which he promised to his people. You are serving the Lord Christ.

4. Choose A Happy Ending

Matthew 25:21 - His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

1 Peter 1:8-9 – [8] Though you have not seen him [Jesus], you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, [9] obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

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January 22, 2018

1.21.18 // HEALTHY HABITS

HEALTHY HABITS
A Fresh Start
Scott Young.com – Pastor of HOPE

HABITS FORM YOUR FUTURE

1. The Habit Of: Daily Devotions

Joshua 1:8 - Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

Mark 1:35 - Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He [Jesus] went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.

S - Scripture
O - Observation
A - Application
P - Prayer

Is there a PRINCIPLE I need to follow?
Is there a PROMISE I need to claim?
Is there a PROBLEM I need to avoid?

2. The Habit Of: Fellowship

Hebrews 10:25 - Let us not stay away from church meetings. Some people are doing this all the time. Comfort each other as you see the day of His return coming near.

3. The Habit Of: Generosity

Proverbs 11:24-25 –[24] Generosity brings prosperity, but withholding from charity brings poverty. [25] Those who live to bless others will have blessings heaped upon them, and the one who pours out his life to pour out blessings will be saturated with favor.

4. The Habit Of: Holy Spirit Fullness

Acts 1:8 - 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 2:4 - And they were ALL filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Ephesians 5:18; Acts 6:3; Acts 11:24; Luke 4:1; Acts 9:17; Acts 13:9; Acts 4:8; Acts 6:5; Acts 7:55; Luke 1:67; Acts 4:31; Acts 13:52

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January 17, 2018

1.14.18 // FOUR WAYS TO MAKE A FRESH START

FOUR WAYS TO MAKE A FRESH START
A Fresh Start
Scott Young.com – Pastor of HOPE

Philippians 3:13-14 - [13] One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, [14] I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

1. Take The Plunge :: Baptism

Colossians 2:12 - Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.

2. Connect To Good Friends :: Connect Groups

Matthew 18:20 - For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.

Acts 2:42, 46 –[42] And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers … [46] So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house.

3. Learn To Grow :: Growth Track

Matthew 28:18-20 - [18] Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. [19] Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

4. Give God’s Love :: Serve

John 13:1 - Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

John 13:16-17 - [16] Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

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January 7, 2018

1.7.18 // YOU CAN BEGIN AGAIN

YOU CAN BEGIN AGAIN
A Fresh Start
Scott Young.com – Pastor of HOPE

Philippians 3:13 - One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, [14] I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

HOW TO BEGIN AGAIN IN THIS NEW YEAR

1. Believe that God is Good

Luke 15:17 - When he came to his senses, he said, “How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!”

Psalm 136:1 - Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

2. Know That God Sees You As His Child

Luke 15:18 - I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. * Make me like one of your hired servants.”’

3. Use Your Failure As Fertilizer

Luke 15:20 - “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. [21] And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

Psalm 119:71 - My troubles turned out all for the best— they forced me to learn from your textbook. (MSG)

4. Begin Again With God’s Help

1 John 1:8 - If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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January 2, 2018

12.31.17 // A GOOD ENDING

A GOOD ENDING
A Thrill of Hope
Scott Young.com – Pastor of HOPE

Ecclesiastes 7:8 - The end of a thing is better than its beginning;

HOW TO HAVE A GOOD ENDING

1. Wake Up and Live Now

Romans 13:11 - And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.

2. De-clutter Negative Baggage

Romans 13:12 - The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.

3. Walk In The Light

Romans 13:13 - Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.

4. Live In Christ

Romans 13:14 - But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

“Only one life twill soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last.”

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December 18, 2017

12.17.17 // THE THRILL OF ADVENTURE

THE THRILL OF ADVENTURE
A Thrill of Hope
Scott Young.com – Pastor of HOPE

HEARING FROM GOD

1. God Sees More In You Than You See In Yourself

Luke 1:26-28 –[26] The angel Gabriel was sent by God … [27] to a virgin … The virgin’s name was Mary. [28] And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

Luke 1: 29 - Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.

2. God’s Plans For You Are Bigger Than Your Plans

Luke 1: 30-33 – [30] But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. [31] You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. [32] He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, [33] and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

3. God’s Power Is Greater Than Your Power

Luke 1:34 - “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

Luke 1:35 - The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

Luke 1:37 - “For with God nothing will be impossible.”

4. All We Have To Do Is Say “Yes”

Luke 1:38 - Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.”

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December 4, 2017

12.3.17 // THE MOST LIFE-CHANGING ANNOUNCEMENT

THE MOST LIFE-CHANGING ANNOUNCEMENT

A Thrill of Hope
Pastor Peter Young

 

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.” Isaiah 9:2

 

God’s GRAND Plan…

 

1. God’s announcement brings NEW HOPE

 

Genesis 3:15 (NKJV) – “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”

 

2. God’s involvement gets PERSONAL

Luke 1:28…31 (NKJV) – [28] And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” …[31] “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.”

Matthew 1:20 - But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.”

3. God’s communication touches EVERYONE

 

Luke 2:10-11 – (NKJV) [10] Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. [11] “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

 

4. God’s commitment meets ALL our Needs

 

Isaiah 9:6 – (NKJV) For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

5. God’s invitation is STILL AVAILABLE and CHANGES EVERYTHING

Revelation 3:20 (NKJV) - “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

 

2 Cor. 5:17 (NKJV) - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

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