Christmas is a celebration of a living hope – the greatest hope ever offered. In part 6 of Christmas 2017: The Greatest Ever, Pastor Dan Cox reads from 1 Peter 1:3-25.
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Christmas is a celebration of the greatest…
- story ever told
- humility ever undertaken
- love ever demonstrated
- gift ever given
- light that ever shone
Some context first…
Your Living Hope
- originates in God’s mercy (v. 3)
- is tied to the resurrection of Christ (v. 3)
- includes eternal inheritance (v. 4)
- is a powerful, protecting promise of final salvation (v. 5)
- can bring joy in trials (vv. 6-9)
- was prophesied by the OT saints (vv. 10-12)
- fascinates the holy angels (v. 12)
- calls for holy living and brotherly love (vv. 13-25)
The Greatest Hope Ever Offered
- eternal life
- actualized holiness
- resurrection of the body
- eternal inheritance
- all things made new
Applying the Text
- Do you have a living hope?
- Are you learning to rejoice in trials?
- Are you growing in holiness and brotherly love?