Advent Is About Hope

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Oasis Christian Fellowship

verse by verse Bible teaching for your life today.

First Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2008, 10 AM ET/ 9 AM CT

2nd & St. Clair Streets; PO Box 1464; Vincennes, IN  47591 812.882.0822

Dr. Larry Taylor, Pastor-Teacher drlarrytaylor@aol.com

 

ADVENT IS ABOUT HOPE

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…            (1 Peter 1:3)

 

I.  Peter learned three things about Jesus the Messiah

A.  He learned that Jesus is the Prophet (John 6:66-69)

1.  Jesus is the Word

2.       Jesus embodies & declares God’s words

B.  He learned that Jesus is the Priest (Matthew 18:21-22)

1.  Jesus came to die for our sins

2.       He bridges the gap between us & God

C.  He learned that Jesus is the King (Matthew 16:13-17)

1.  Messiah = King of glory

2.       King of the universe

II.  That revelation gave Peter three eternal things

A.  Knowing Jesus as Prophet gave him faith

1.  Faith comes by hearing God’s word

2.       His words are the words of eternal life

B.  Knowing Jesus as Priest gave him hope

1.  By his sacrifice, sin is removed

2.       A perfect future is assured

C.  Knowing Jesus as King gave him love

1.  You love a king who provides & protects

2.       With such a king, you have nothing to fear

III.  But, Peter denied his Lord 3 times. What went wrong?

A.  Peter’s love & faith were intact

1.  He believed Jesus was prophet

2.       He believed He was king

B.  But, he lost hope

1.  The priest was dead

2.       The sacrifice was to no avail

3.       Without hope, he denied Christ

IV.          The resurrection restored Peter’s hope

A.  Born again to a living hope

1.  Assurance of good triumphing

2.       Not wishful thinking

B.  Because Jesus came

1.  We have hope for eternal life

2.       We have hope for resurrected bodies

3.       We have hope for a perfect world

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING@ OASIS (all times are Eastern)

 

·         Noon daily: pray for 1 minute for 1 unchurched person

·         Sundays: 9:00 AM, prayer meeting @ Oasis

·         Sundays: 10 AM, worship & word

·         Tuesdays: 9:05 AM Word in Focus with Pastor Larry WAOV 1450 AM live-streamed @ www.waovam.com click on “Knox County Today”

·         Tuesdays.: Precept Study in Isaiah  7-8:30 PM. Info: 812.890.7204

·         1st & 3rd Tuesdays 2 PM.: Bridgepoint Nursing Home Ministry

·         Wednesdays: 7:37 PM: VU Campus ministry here @ Oasis

·         Thursdays, 6:30 PM: Puppet team practice @ Oasis

·         Fridays 6:30 AM: Oasis men’s fellowship; 812.886.6973

·         Sunday, December 21, 6:00 PM: Christmas Dinner & Children’s Christmas program. Contact Carrie Smith: 812.882.4492; carriesmith@avenuebroadband.com

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

 

Prayer requests are sent out via email. If you would like to receive them, put your email address on one of the communication cards and write something like, “Please send prayer requests”.

 

The WEEK IN CHRISTIAN HISTORY

November 29, 1780: The Congregational Church of Connecticut licenses Lemuel Hayes to preach, making him the first black minister certified by a predominantly white denomination.

CONSIDER

“Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope.…It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.” (“Memory Awakens Hope” Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, in Seek That Which Is Above,1986)

 

THE WORD OF THE LORD

Romans 8:23-25 NLT: And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)

 

Romans 4:18 NLT: Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!”

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