NB: Sermon Notes attached are the original and not a transcript.
Part of the Romans series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
Top sports people try to maintain and improve their fitness and skills, even improve them by small percentages. By slacking off or missing training, or suffering an injury their performance is affected and it is hard work to get back to fitness - especially after injuries as their body can be so easily out of condition. In a similar way, our hope in the glory of God can easily become weakened and out of condition, but God in His love and wisdom has set a process in place to maintain and develop the “fitness” or “muscles” of hope in us.
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3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, (ESV)
1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (ESV)