Weekly Tip #8, October 9, 2015
Hope And The Holy Spirit
Understanding the context of Romans chapters 1-4, we know that we have been justified by faith in Jesus Christ and we now have peace with God (5:1). We can now rejoice in the hope of the glory of God (5:2). In the middle of the Apostle Paul’s powerful discussion on our promises and blessings in Christ, he takes a couple of verses to explain our hope in suffering in 5:3-5.
“3 …but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
God’s love, through the power and indwelling of the Holy Spirit, gives us the ability to rejoice in sufferings. These sufferings produce endurance, character and hope. Everything written in Romans chapter 5 gives us hope as we allow the Holy Spirit to build these realities deep into our lives. With a clear understanding of these truths explaining where we stand with God because of Christ’s death, we are truly able to apply verses 3-5 as written above.
When things get difficult, stay hopeful and joyfully push through challenges. We have been blessed with an amazing Savior who gave His life for us and has also sent us the Holy Spirit to give us power. In the end, we are victorious.
Let’s Go Out This Week
This week, take a step of faith. After your Bible study or main meeting, gather everyone into pairs and go out into your ministry setting to share the gospel message. Consider using a simple Quest Survey 1.0 on page 4 and share the “Knowing God Personally” booklet.
If there are some who are not familiar with the “Knowing God Personally” booklet, make the emphasis in your meeting to go through the training. Make it fun and interactive. You can also show the video clips. Also do role playing, as this is a great way to help everyone get ready. You can have one person read half the booklet to the other person, and then switch. Do this through page 10.
Talk to you next week,
Ben with Cru