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  • Luke Hamblett

It’s still difficult to come to terms with what’s been going on in the world over the last few months, in fact someone said “ “ It’s like we went to bed in one world and woke up in another “ I think that’s a really good description because Coronavirus came upon us with such speed and severity!


It seems like no one’s life was untouched, either by having the illness, losing a loved one or just the changes that Coronavirus made to our every day lives. Things have changed! And if we are to believe what the politicians and scientists are telling us, life as we knew it will never be the same again. They say there has to be a ‘new normal ‘


In recent weeks restrictions have started to lift and although we still have social distancing and need to wear face coverings in some places, we have been able to see our children, grandchildren, parents and grandparents again. People have started to go back to work and some children have started to go back to school.


As yet there is no set date for us as church to get back together, but when that happens we know that we too have to make some changes to our ‘normal’ at first that thought is daunting but when you think about it, what a great opportunity it is for us, when we come back together it will be necessary to re-focus and when we are setting our priorities we first of all need to ask God what He wants us to do, what is HIS new normal for us. We should have a real passion for reaching the place that God is leading us to, and we can be certain that if we ask him, he will show us, and from that place we should find real purpose in coming back together.


Over just a few months it feels like everything has shifted, people who have never shown any interest in God have started asking what’s going on? what does all this mean? This is a great opportunity for us, people are scared, they want answers and we have the answers because no matter what is going on in the world God is still God and Satan is still a defeated enemy!


As men and women of faith we should not live in fear, living in fear is not Gods plan for us in fact 2 Timothy chapter 1 verse 7 says:- For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of a sound mind.


I hope that the time we can come together safely is not too far away and I pray that when we do our focus will be on God and his plans for us as we move forward.

  • Luke Hamblett


Romans 15:12-13

And again, Isaiah says,

“The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.”[a]

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

What are you hoping for? What’s on your Christmas/birthday/bucket lists?

  • To wish for something with expectation of its fulfilment.

  • To have confidence; trust.

  • To look forward to with confidence or expectation

  • To expect and desire

  • A wish or desire accompanied by confident expectation of its fulfilment.

  • Something that is hoped for or desired:

  • Trust; confidence.

  • keep your fingers crossed- lottery symbol

  • The desire and search for a future good, difficult but not impossible to attain with God's help.

  • One of the three virtues (faith, hope, and love) created by God to round out the natural virtues


Hope –

What is it?

Where does it come from?

How do you get it?

WHERE DOES HOPE COME FROM? GOD

  • Psalm 39:7. “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.

  • Ephesians 2:12remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.”

WHAT IS HOPE? JOY AND PEACE, NOT SORROW AND STRESS!

  • Proverbs 13:12.Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”

  • Romans 8:24-25. “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

  • Romans 8:28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

HOW DO WE GET HOPE?

1. By Believing Patiently. –like Abraham waited for the promise

  • Hebrews 6:11-12(-20.)We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

2. By the Word.

  • Romans 15:4. “ For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

3. By the Holy Spirit. 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

HOW MUCH HOPE IS ENOUGH?

  • Ephesians 3:20. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

WHAT DOES HOPE LOOK LIKE?

2 Corinthians 3:12. “Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.

Hope brings everyone together with a promise that brings joy and peace by the power of the Holy Spirit

HOPE -- It is a certainty in the present and firm expectation for the future

Hope does not disappoint….. Romans 5:5



A few weeks ago it was Pentecost Sunday and I thought it was worth sharing a few thoughts about Pentecost as it’s an important time in the church calendar.


We know that Pentecost was the time when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the believers (Acts 2). But if we dig a little deeper, we find that Pentecost is one of the absolute gems in the bible that shows that there is nothing haphazard about our God!


What happened in Acts chapter 2:1 was a pre determined event in the mind of God and the Holy Spirit wasn’t poured out just because the disciples were holding a prayer meeting! At bible study before this lockdown we had recently gone through the book of Leviticus and in chapter 3:15-16 we read about the feast of Pentecost which was to take place fifty days after the Passover feast. Our Lord ascended into heaven forty days after his resurrection and the ten days after that came the day of Pentecost.


In Acts 2:13-17 we see that Pentecost was the first fulfilment of Joel’s prophecy which had been made some 850 years before (Joel 2:28-32) Jerusalem was absolutely packed with people, many of them had come to present the first fruits of the harvest for the year. They came from many different places. Jesus had finished his earthly ministry on the cross of Calvery, he rose from the dead on the third day and before he ascended back to his father he gave a command and a promise to the disciples. They were to wait in Jerusalem for the ‘helper’, in obedience, they met and waited and after ten days they saw the fulfilment of Jesus’ promise, the inner filling and the outward expression of speaking in tongues. The crowds who were there all hearing the gospel in their own language.


What does this all mean for us today?


Verse 4 of Acts chapter 2 says that they were all filled, young and old, men and women, rich and poor. This is God’s plan for everyone of his children. The Holy Spirit made such a difference, He turned frightened men into bold evangelists. Men who had been scattered and had gone into hiding became men who willingly risked their lives to reach as many as they could with the gospel. The Holy Spirit is not just for apostles, he’s not just for evangelists and he wasn’t just for that period of time. He was promised for every child of God.


Imagine this - All of the resources of heaven are available to you and me. This is all clearly written in scripture and we have probably never needed to hear it as much as we do right now in the middle of this pandemic of Coronavirus. Have we ever seen such a time as this? Back in Acts chapter 2 verse 12 they asked ‘ what does this mean ‘ we can ask ourselves, what does this mean for us today?

EBENZER BAPTIST CHURCH, ST.ANDREWS ST, NETHERTON DUDLEY, DY2 0QB

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