“Hope Springs Eternal”

(Philippians 1:19-21)


I. What is Hope? (Believing Possibility in the face of the Impossible)

1. Ezra 9:10-10:4

2. Jeremiah 29:1-14

3. Lamentations 3:21-33

4. Romans 8:24-25


II. The Best Hope is in God (it is futile to vest ultimate hope in wealth (Pss. 49:6-12; 52:7; Prov. 11:28), houses (Isa. 32:17-18), princes (Ps. 146:3), empires and armies (Isa. 31:1-3; 2 Kings 18:19- 24), or even the Jerusalem temple (Jer. 7:1-7))

1. Psalm 130:5-8

2. Matthew 12:18-21

3. Romans 15:12-13


III. Wherever you are, Hope is There (He will never leave or forsake you – Hebrews 13:5)

1. Ephesians 2:11-12

2. 1 Timothy 4:7-10

3. 1 Peter 1:3-9


IV. Epilogue –– Hoping Against Hope

As it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” (Romans 4:17-18)


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