Letting Go of Despair

Thanks for listening to today’s podcast, part of our series from 1 Corinthians. The message by Steve Hall, titled “Letting Go of Despair”, shows us that Jesus’ resurrection means despair can be traded for hope! Key verses are from 1 Corinthians 15.

Letting Go Of Despair

Speaker: Steve Hall
Date: November 19, 2017

Jesus’ resurrection means despair can be traded for hope!

1. What is Despair?

• Despair and hope are opposites
• Faith allows us to travel the distance between the two

2. The Apostle Paul’s Wrap-up

• The Good News about Jesus is as true today as the day it was first heard
• The physically resurrected Jesus was witnessed by many

3. The Source of Hope

• Physical resurrection was a distasteful idea to some ideologies of the 1st century
• Paul’s Reminder: No Resurrection = No Living Christ = No Hope

4. Hope for the Future

• God has authority over everything, including death

5. Hope for Now

• We have more hope in this life when we live life with Jesus

6. Our Cornerstone

1. What is the difference between discouragement and despair? Frustration and hope?
2. Think of the poem we read on Sunday; “The Edge of Despair.” Have you experienced times when despair seemed to block out “that sweet voice of hope and faith?” What was the remedy?
3. Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-8. The Apostle Paul goes to great lengths to remind the church that there are living witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection. If we were able to talk with one of those who had seen Jesus physically resurrected, would it be easy to believe? Why or why not?
4. The city of Corinth was a “buffet of different religious and social ideologies.” Some of these ideologies caused the people to find the idea of physical resurrection to be distasteful. How do some of the ideologies around us today make it difficult for people to accept that Jesus is alive?
5. Read 1 Corinthians 15:32-34. If 100% of our hope, through our salvation in Christ, is in the fact that we will be with him after our earthly life is over, why does the Apostle Paul remind the church to “think carefully about what is right” in this present life?
6. In the sermon, Steve talked about a person close to him who exemplified both the hope we have in Christ in the here and now as well as in our future with Him. If you’re comfortable sharing, talk about a person in your own life who has set that kind of example.

1. Listen to the song “Cornerstone” at the following address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izrk-erhDdk. As you listen, take time to listen to its language of hope, and how it presents Christ as the source of that hope.
2. Set aside a specific time of prayer this week to reflect on how Jesus invites us into “Hope Now” and “Hope for the Future.”

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