The Scripture lessons for May 21 were Acts 17:16-31; 1 Peter 3:13-22 and John 14:15-21. Pastor Roskowic focused his message on the Epistle interspersed thoughts from the reading in Acts and the Gospel lesson. Pastor Roskowic focused his message on how we ought always to be prepared, and how we can always be prepared to share the hope that is within us.
In 1 Timothy 2:3-4 Paul writes:
This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
In Luke 19:10 Jesus tells us:
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
In Romans 10:14-17 Paul writes:
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”… Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
The hope Peter is talking about in the Epistle lesson is not mere wishful thinking. It is a sure hope. Because of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead we are assured that our hope is not in vain. We are now merely awaiting its fruition. While we wait we are not to wait idlily. We have been empowered by the Holy Spirit to wait missionally. That is we have been commissioned and sent to share our hope – God’s promise.
Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
John 17:18 [Father] As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
2 Corinthians 5:18-20 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
Let us not grieve the Spirit by resisting His efforts to work through us.
Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
1 Thessalonians 5:19 Do not put out the Spirit’s fire;
As we share our hope, we can confirm the certainty of it by sharing what God has done and is doing in our lives.
Mark 5:19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”
1 John 1:1-2 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.
And as we our demeanor ought always be done with gentleness and respect
1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
Colossians 4:5-6 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
My thoughts, what about yours?
(All passages are taken from the NIV unless otherwise noted)
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