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Study Notes: “There is Hope”
Title: “Hope and Help For Your Family”
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:1-5
“There is hope, real hope for you and your family. The problems that you have can be solved. There is hope for your family, for your life, and for your children, because God is the foundation of that hope.”1
Hope: “To trust in, wait for, look for, or desire something or someone; or to expect something beneficial in the future.”2
Hope for You and Your Family
As we continue in our study in Chapter 2, we are looking at the problems, trials and afflictions of living in a sinful world. We are looking at how society deals with them, blameshifts the responsibility for them and how we as Christians work through and understand them. We see the error of the world’s answers and we see the truth of God’s answers. We see a world in despair and we see the hope that Christ has given us in how we, as Christians, solve our problems. As we look at this chapter, we come to it with the knowledge of what we have learned in Chapter 1 about sin. This will help in our analysis of this chapter and our application of it. [Note: The summary below is an excerpt from the original study and does not include the entire lesson and commentary (you will have to wait for the book for it in its entirety!)]
First several questions from our “Questions for Discussion and Reflection”
- Q.10. What is hope?
a. For life?
b. For solving problems?
c. For the future?
- Q. 11. When we solve our problems using God’s Word, using His terminology and applications, they can be solved. We have God’s promises and assurance that this is so. This means a change in our thinking from “worldly” thinking to “Christ-centered” thinking.
a. What are some of the fruits of the spirit that come into view here to help us?
b. How does this change our lives and give us hope?
In summary, we have learned:
1. That the world and often the “Christian” community peddles a viewpoint that blames most of our troubles and failures on “mental illness” or “sickness.”
2. That God in His great wisdom and providence has created “truly” mentally ill, mentally incapacitated, retarded or brain-damaged, via birth, accident or otherwise, people for His purposes, His glory and for our good.
3. That “sin” is the root and base cause of the “problems” of humanity.
4. That persisting in sinful behavior will result in physical ailments, discouragement, unrest, and no hope.
5. That God’s Word has the answer for every problem and every sin. This gives humanity hope. The Bible shows us how to live a godly life, to forsake sin, the results of sin, and to pursue righteousness in Christ Jesus our Lord.
6. That our “only hope in life and death” is Christ. That all sin, no matter how awful, can be forsaken and cleansed by Christ. That any sinful lifestyle can be changed to a life that is pleasing to God. This gives humanity hope and instead of an “excuse for sin,” an answer to how to deal with sin and how to change.
7. That God’s Word is the guidebook for Christians. That sins within people and the family can only be solved by God’s Word, prayer, confession, and an 180-degree turn from sin to righteousness.
8. That Christians must “fight the good fight of faith” by putting on the “whole armour of God” daily by exercising the fruits of the Spirit to live a “godly Christian life” and forsake the world, its methodology, its psychobabble, and its lies from the heart of the evil one. We are to “put off” unrighteousness and “put on” righteousness and “make no provision for the flesh.”
9. That we as Christians have a “sound mind” (II Tim. 1:7), one that is sober-minded, diligent, self-controlled, and that “sound mind” has been given to us as a gift from Christ.
10. That God has promised in 1 Corinthians 10:13 and many other Scriptures that he will provide everything for life, godliness and help when trials, discouragements, affliction, pain, and suffering come our way.
11. That our God has provided everything we need via His Spirit, His Word, prayer and His provisions for life now and forever. He has given us a “lively living hope” that does not pass away; that we have hope for today and hope for tomorrow. That “all things work together for our good” and that the “work He has begun in us will be completed.” That this “hope is built on nothing less that Jesus and His righteousness.”
12. That Christian families must work together prayerfully and biblically to solve problems of this life using God’s Word, the Bible, for their answers, help and hope.
This is a profound and difficult area for Christians to get a good grip on. The world and its system permeates everything with its erroneous doctrines. They are such a part of our society that we, as believers, as ministers, and as churches, take on the “reflection” of the world. This must not be so. We are a separated people, set apart for God’s glory and to be a light of hope in a dark world. We must be bold and forthright in calling “sin” sin, and that work first begins in us, in our homes, in our family life. That is a full-time job. There is not time for us to pick the speck out of other people’s lives, we must begin in our own. We do that by understanding what God’s Word says about these things and then applying that biblical terminology, problem-solving solutions and answers to our own lives. This gives hope to our own lives and families and then we can be that “reflection” of Christ to others. May God help us to do this and by His indwelling Holy Spirit we can.3/
1/ Dr. Jay Adams, Christian Living in the Home, p.19
2/ Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology
3/ ReformedWomen-Theology Girl Book-Bible Study: “Christian Living in the Home, Summary and Commentary on A Christ Centered Home” (Oct. 2001)