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

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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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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