“Where Does Our Hope Come From?” 10.8.17 – Pastor Lien

“Where Does Our Hope Come From?” – John 3:16-21 – Pastor Stephen Lien


Real Forgiveness is always costly.

When it comes to sin and evil, there is a debt to be paid, and a penalty to be born.

Real, life-changing love requires anexchange, areversal of places.  When we trust in Jesus we experiencethe Great Reversal:  God, in the place ofultimate power, reverses places with the powerless, oppressed,sinful world, and withyou and me.

Luther’s Explanation to the Second Article
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, son of the Father, and true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  At great cost he has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, not with silver or gold but with his holy and precious blood, and His innocent suffering and death.


The issue on which the Christian faith depends is not whether or not you like Jesus’ teaching, but whether or notHe rose from the dead.

The Apostle Paul wrote:  “If all we get out of Christ isa little inspirationfor a few short years, we’re a pretty sorry lot. But the truth is thatChrist has been raised up, the first in a long legacy of those who are going to leave the cemeteries.”  1 Corinthians 15:19-20 (MSG)

Luther’s Explanation to the Second Article
All this he has done in order that I may be His own, live under Him in His kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.


Our hope is solid.

Our hope is eternal.

Our hope is infinite.



  1. List the variety of ways people think Jesus helps them in their lives.  To say it another way, what good does it do to believe in Jesus?  Do all of these ways correspond with understanding Jesus as the Lord of their lives?
  1. When the Apostle Paul says that Jesus saves those who call on His name (Romans 10), what do most people think Jesus is saving you from?  What do you believe?
  1. Read Genesis 3:1-15 and Matthew 4:1-17.  What similarities in those two passages do you find in the way Satan deals with God’s word of promise?
  1. What does the word “Lord” make you think?  Can you think of both positive and negative ways people think of the word Lord?  Think about what it means to you to have Jesus as Lord.
  1. When Jesus died on the cross, He took on your sin and suffered the consequence of your sin, which was death.  How does this relate to Jesus being your Lord/?  In what ways does being resurrected from the dead make him the Lord?  How does this give you freedom?  (Read Romans 6:1-14
  1. Read John 3:16-18.  What stands out to you about God?  About what he wants to do?  About how a person is condemned?

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