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

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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November 26, 2017

11.26.17 // LITTLE BECOMES MUCH

LITTLE BECOMES MUCH
Generosity – Part 4
Scott Young.com – Pastor of HOPE

1. See The Needs Around You

Mark 6:34-37 (NIV) - [34] When Jesus … saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them … so he began teaching them many things. [35] By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. [36] Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” [37] But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages!

WHAT KEEPS US FROM SEEING NEEDS

 Procrastination – “By this time it was late in the day ...’’
 Passing The Buck – “Send the people away!”
 Worry – “It would take 8 months of wages!”

2. See What You Have

Mark 6: 38 (NIV) - “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”

3. Sow What You Have

Mark 6:41(NIV) - Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.

4. Expect An Abundant Harvest

Mark 6:42-44 (NIV) - [42] They all ate and were satisfied, [43] and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. [44] The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.

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November 19, 2017

11.19.17 // GENEROSITY BRINGS ABUNDANCE

GENEROSITY BRINGS ABUNDANCE

Generosity – Part 3

Scott Young.com – Pastor of HOPE

2 Corinthians 9:6-11 (The Message) - Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving … This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.

 

GOD HAS MORE FOR YOU

 

1. We All Live In a Sowing And Reaping World

Galatians 6:7 (NKJV)- Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

2 Corinthians 9:6 (The Message)- Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop.

 

2. It Takes Discipline to Sow

2 Corinthians 9:7(The Message) - I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.

 

3. Disciplined Sowing Brings Great Abundance

2 Corinthians 9:10 (The Message) - This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you.

2 Corinthians 9:10-11 (The Message) - He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.

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November 13, 2017

11.12.17 // BORN TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

BORN TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Generosity – Part 2
Scott Young.com – Pastor of HOPE

YOU WERE BORN TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

“You are the salt of the earth … You are the light of the world.” ~ Jesus

1. We’ve Got To Have Value To Give Value

Matthew 5:13 – [Jesus says] You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

2. We’ve Got To Have Flavor To Give Flavor

Job 6:6 - Can flavorless food be eaten without salt?

Colossians 4:5-6 - Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

3. We’ve Got To Have Warmth To Give Warmth

Matthew 5:14 - You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

4. We’ve Got To See To Give Sight

John 8:12 - Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Matthew 5:15 - Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.

Matthew 5:16 - Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

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November 6, 2017

11.5.17 // 115 SQUARE FEET

115 Square Feet
Generosity – Part 1
Pastor Holly Russo

John 6:1-14

1. Focusing on lack stifles generosity

Matthew 14:15 (Berean Study Bible)-Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”

John 6:7 (NIV)-Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wage to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

2. Generosity gives compassion

Matthew 14:10 (NASB)- He sent and had John beheaded in the prison.

Matthew 14:13 (ESV)- Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns

Luke 9:11 (NIV) - But the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.

3. Jesus saw resources others didn’t

John 6:10 (NIV) -Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there).

4. The boy gave something that shouldn’t have made a difference

John 6:9 (NIV)- “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

Luke 21:1-4- The widows two mites

John 6:12-13 (NIV) “…Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

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October 31, 2017

10.29.17 // THE REWARD

The Reward
Whose Team Are You On?
Guest Speaker -Sam Farina

I Corinthians 3:9-15 (NIV) – For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. By the grace God has given me, I laid a Foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each persons work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved- even though only as one escaping the flames.

1. God’s Grace Shaped us For Service and Reward
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) - “We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Job 10:8 (NIV) -“Your hands shaped me and made me.”

2. The “One Another” Passages of Scripture Instruct How to Serve and Be Rewarded
1 Peter. 4:10 (NIV) - “Each one should use whatever gift he’s received to serve others.”
Honor one another- Romans 12:10
Serve one another-Galatians 5:13
Offer Hospitality to one another- I Peter 4:9
Encourage one another- Ephesians 4:32
Accept one another- Romans 15:7
Bear with one another I Corinthians 12:25
Admonish one another Romans 15:14
Teach one another- Colossians 3:16
Love one another- I Thessalonians 3:12

3. Jesus and Paul Clearly Spoke Instructions for Reward
Matthew 20:28 (LB) - “Your attitude must be like My Own, for I did not come to be served, but to serve...”
Philippians 2:4 (MSG) - “Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.”
2 Timothy 1:9 (LB) - “It is He who saved us and chose us for His holy work not because we deserved it but because that was His plan...”

4. How Do We Build On Gold, Silver, Costly Stones and Be Rewarded?
Gold is Trial of Faith
Silver is Refining of Holiness
Precious Stones is Proving of Godly Character
Diamonds is Tenacious Endurance
Pearl is Perpetual Grace
White Stone is Revelation of Who You Truly Are
Rewards of Crowns for what we have done for Jesus
Crown of Stephanos for the Victory of Overcomers
Diadem- a Crown of Jewels for Soul Winners
Matthew 25:21 (NIV) Well-done, good and faithful servant!

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October 24, 2017

10.22.17 // THE FOCUS OF OUR SERVICE

THE FOCUS OF OUR SERVICE
Whose Team Are You On?
Pastor Peter Young

 

Best way to focus – Keep our eyes on Jesus

 

“Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end….” Hebrews 12:2 (GNT)

Why do we serve…

 

1. To share Him with Others

 

Galatians 5:13 - For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

 

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

 

2. To demonstrate our Values

 

John 13:35 - "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

 

Passion What we do is what we really value.
Belief What we value enough to do tells others what we really believe.
Behavior What we really believe shapes who we become.

 

3. To become more like our Savior

 

Philippians 2:5,7 - Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who… made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

 

John 13:14-15 - If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.

 

4. To fulfill our Purpose

 

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) – For we are … created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

 

5. To receive our Reward (PS - It’s not about the credit)

 

Matthew 6:2 (NIV) - So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

 

Matthew 25:23 (NIV) - 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.’.

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October 16, 2017

10.15.17 // THE SPIRIT OF SERVING

THE SPIRIT OF SERVING
Whose Team Are You On?
Scott Young.com – Pastor of HOPE

 

Acts 6:1 - Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.

Acts 6:3-4 - Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.

 

1. Full Of The Holy Spirit

Acts 6:3 - Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business;

Ephesians 5:18 - Do not get drunk with wine, for that is wickedness (corruption, stupidity), but be filled with the [Holy] Spirit and constantly guided by Him. (AMP)

 

2. Full Of Wisdom

Acts 6:3 - Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

Proverbs 11:30 - The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever wins souls is wise.

James 1:5 - If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

 

3. Full Of Faith

Acts 6:5 - And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit …

 

4. Full Of Grace and Power

Acts 6:8 - And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.

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October 9, 2017

10.8.17 // TAKE UP YOUR TOWEL

TAKE UP YOUR TOWEL
Whose Team Are You On?
Scott Young.com – Pastor of HOPE

 

Luke 22:24 - Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest.

Luke 22:27 - For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

1. Serve To The End
John 13:1 - Now before the Feast of the Passover, when 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.

2. Serve Your Judas
John 13:2 - And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him.

 

3. Serve With Your Towel
John 13:3-4 - Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.

John 13:14-15 - If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.

 

4. Serve To Live A Blessed Life
John 13:17 - If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

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October 2, 2017

10.1.17 // STAY IN THE GAME

STAY IN THE GAME
Whose Team Are You On?
Pastor Mark Groover

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NLT)- Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

4 Essential Plays to Help Us Win In The Game of Life

1. Preparation
Hebrews 12:1 (NAS)-Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

- The game of life isn’t necessarily won on the field.
- Games are won in the weight room, film room, and the locker room.

Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)-Guard you heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
Proverbs 4:23 (MSG)-Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.

-Where you set your heart at the beginning is going to determine where you end up and how you finish.
-Worship flows from the heart.

2. Daily Discipline
1 Corinthians 9:25-27 (NLT)- All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

- Unless giftedness is coupled with a complementary work ethic, it will result in wasted potential.
- We can’t just pray as if it depends solely on God; we also have to work as if it depends on us

Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)- But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

- It’s the small choices no one sees that result in the big impact that everyone wants.

3. Build Endurance: the ability or strength to continue despite fatigue, stress or adverse conditions. The capacity to bear up under difficult circumstances. Hopeful fortitude that resists weariness. It means: To remain under

Hebrews 12:1-2 (NASB)- Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us [a]fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

- Praise precedes the Victory!
- Praise is not a denial of our circumstances but it declares that God is faithful and trustworthy regardless of our situation.

Acts 16:25-27
2 Chronicles 20:21-22

4. Finish Strong
Hebrews 12:3 (NASB)- For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Don’t focus on the frustration or struggle. 
Focus on JESUS. He has already overcome the cross and grave.
Give Him your praise. Not your situation.

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