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Sunday, April 18

1 thessalonians 2:1-12 | Brian agovino

"If nothing lasts, then nothing is justified; everything that dies is deprived of meaning. To fight against death amounts to claiming that life has a meaning. . ."


-Albert Camus

01. What is Christian Hope?

Christian Hope empowers us to bring hope to a hopeless world.  


Christian hope is a joyful conviction on the basis of compelling evidence.  

"It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth 'thrown in': aim at earth and you will get neither."


–C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity

"How can anyone remain interested in a religion which seems to have no concern with nine-tenths of life? The church’s approach to an intelligent carpenter is usually confined to exhorting him not to be drunk and disorderly in his leisure hours, and to come to church on Sundays. What the church should be telling him is this: that the very first demand that his religion makes on him is to make good tables."


-Dorthy Sayers

02. How do we express Christian Hope?

1 thessalonians 2:1-12 [ESV]

1 For you yourselves know, brothers, that our coming to you was not in vain. But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict. For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness. Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.


For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. 11 For you know how, like a father with his children, 12 we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

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B. We send you!

1 thessalonians 2:8 [ESV]

So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

Christian Hope empowers us to bring hope to a hopeless world.