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You Can Be a Messenger of Hope!

The Bible is filled with paragraphs that tell amazing things about the Triune God,
Father, Son & Holy Spirit.
Below are just a few of them. As you open up these texts,
ask yourself
and then ask a friend,
What impresses you about God from this text?

The question and the texts below provide you with a resource for your personal reflection, for family time around the dinner table or for time together with a friend that will tangibly bring Christ into the center of your conversation.

 


2016

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Revelation 3:7–13 - Jesus Christ will make the overcomers into “pillars in the temple of His God”!

Isaiah 33:14-16; 20-22 - God is our righteous judge who protects us and justly punishes sin!

Isaiah 53:1-12 - Jesus’ death and resurrection were planned by God as the guilt offering for our sin!

Mark 8:27-38 - We follow Jesus, the Christ, who died and rose again!

Matthew 14:22-33 - We don’t need to doubt, but can have more than a little faith that Jesus truly is the Son of God!

Psalm 34:1-14 - Let us exalt His name together!

John 17:20–26 - Because we are live in Christ now, we bring Jesus and His love to the world now through our living like Him in the world!

John 14:23-27 - Jesus and God the Father live in us today by their Holy Spirit they have sent us!

Philippians 2:5-11 - God exalted Jesus for humbly dying to saving us!

Romans 1:16–23 - God’s great power as Creator is also seen in His power to save!

Psalm 32:1-7 - Acknowledging and confessing our sins to the Lord finds the response of His forgiveness!

John 15:5–17 - Christ’s command to us to love others follows His having obeyed His Father’s command to love us!

John 17:1–8 - To intimately know the only true God and Jesus Christ is to have eternal life!

Colossians 1:3-13 - The gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world!

Romans 13:8-14 - Loving our neighbors fulfills God's law and makes us look like Jesus!

John 14:15-21 - Obeying God shows that we really love God!

Mark 12:28-34 - True love, truly fulfills God's law!

John 16:20-28, 33 - Jesus Christ is the source of our peace while living in a world of trouble!

1 Corinthians 15:50-58 - We are able to live today in the victory that is yet to be fully realized when we are clothed with immortality!

1 John 1:5-2:2 – Our faithful and just God promises to forgive us our sins when we confess them based on what Christ did on the cross!

Matthew 6:25-34 – If your heavenly Father feeds the birds, surely He will care for you!

Psalm 100:1-5 – The Lord is good, His love endures forever!

Mark 14:32-42 – Even Jesus, when severely tempted not to, in prayer surrendered His will to His Father’s will!

Mark 1:9–11; 16:1-7 – At Jesus’ baptism, the Holy Spirit testified, and at His resurrection, His identity was confirmed that He was the Son of God!

Matthew 28:16-20 – Christ’s strategy for enlarging His kingdom is for His disciples to make disciples of Him from all nations!

2 Corinthians 4:1–6 – The light of Christ shines God’s glory in our hearts so that we would know Christ!

John 14:15–21 – The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ makes a love relationship with Him possible!

Colossians 1:15-21 – Jesus Christ is rightly called God the Creator because of His participation in the creation of all things!

John 1:1-14 – Jesus Christ the Word is the One in whom the life resides and by whom the life is made to shine as light!

Psalm 18:1–6 – The Lord our God is the one most worthy to be called on when we are entangled in the cords of death!

Ezekiel 34:11-16 – Our Risen Lord is the Shepherd who finds us and looks after us!

Joshua 1:6-9 – Being careful to hear and obey God’s word is absolutely critical for success in God’s eyes!

Psalm 51:1-12 – Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures (Old and New)!

John 4:28–30, 39-42 – Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, really is the Savior of the world!

John 14:23–31 – The Holy Spirit, our Counselor, will teach and remind us of our Lord’s teachings!

Esther 4:5-16 – Esther risked her life to demonstrate her confidence that God would once again show Himself faithful to deliver His people Israel!

John 16:5–15 – The Holy Spirit takes from what belongs to Jesus and makes it known to us!

John 13:33–14:3 – We must love because we have been so greatly loved by Christ!

Isaiah 59:21-60:6 – When God’s light dwells in us as a congregation, it will draw nations and kings to Christ!

Psalm 51:1–10 – We sinners should cry out to God for mercy according to His unfailing love, that He would cleanse us from our sin!

John 12:27–36 – By His death on the cross, Jesus has driven out the prince of this world!

John 17:9–19 – Jesus Christ intercedes in prayer on our behalf to protect us from the evil one!

John 17:1–8 – To know God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, is to have eternal life!


2015



Romans 6:15–18 – I once was a slave to sin, but now I am a slave to Christ. Hallelujah!

Luke 2:8-20 – It is the joyful news that the Anointed One who is the Lord has come to be our Savior!

Matthew 1:18-25 – Jesus’ name Immanuel communicates the reality that when He is with us God is with us!

John 13:31–38 – The testimony that we are Christ’s disciples is when we love one another as Jesus has loved us!

John 12:31-36 – Christ surprised darkness by shining His light the brightest from the cross!

John 1:1–5, 10-14 – The Word, who became flesh, made His dwelling among us so that we could see God’s glory in Him!

John 1:29–39 – Jesus Christ was seen by witnesses willing to testify that He is the Son of God!

Revelation 1:4–8 – Jesus Christ, by freeing us from our sins by His blood, has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father!

Psalm 39:4–13 – Our Lord alone is worthy to be the sole object of our hope!

Ephesians 1:3–10 - In Christ, our Kinsman-Redeemer, we have forgiveness and are redeemed by the riches of His sacrificial grace!

Hebrews 4:12–16 – God’s Word cuts to the heart of the matter!

2 Corinthians 9:6–15 – Our worship of giving supplies needs and generates thanks to God!

Revelation 5:1-9 – By Jesus Christ giving His life as the Sacrificial Lamb of God to purchase men and women for God, He is worthy to open the scroll of God’s judgments and blessings!

Revelation 4:1-6 – The glory of God is like the terrifying brilliance of lightning and earth shaking sound of great thunder!

He is worthy to open the scroll of God’s judgments and blessings!

Colossians 1:15–20 – Jesus holds all things together!

Hebrews 1:1–8 – The Son, Jesus, is the radiance of God’s glory, the exact representation of His being!

Isaiah 58:6-11 – Spending ourselves in behalf of the hungry and oppressed turns our night into day!

1 Peter 2:4-6, 9-12 – God makes us into a holy and royal priesthood with a mission to glorify Him!

Psalm 40:1-5 – God’s merciful work on our behalf gives us songs to sing that lead others to fear the Lord!

Psalm 40:6-10 – When we gather, let us speak of the Lord’s righteousness, faithfulness, salvation, love and truth!

Psalm 107:1-9 – Our Lord pours out upon us His unfailing love and wonderful deeds!

Philippians 2:12-18 – The joy of our relationship with Christ makes the sacrifice to make Him known!

Psalm 98:1-8 – When faithful leaders and parents team up to teach their children God's commands, then they can put their trust in Him!

Psalm 95:1-7; 100:1-5 – I will enter with God's people into God's presence with joyful singing and thankful praise!

Colossians 3:1–4, 12-17 – O, what a difference Christ has made in my life!

Psalm 115:1–14 – The LORD our God is our help and shield!

Jeremiah 23:1–8 – Jesus Christ, the LORD Our Righteousness is the Shepherd spoken of in the Old Testament!

2 Timothy 1:7–14 – The Holy Spirit convinces us that Christ is able to guard all that we have entrusted to Him for that day!

1 Corinthians 15:12–22 – In the risen Christ, all who trust in Him will be raised, made alive for eternity!

Psalm 144:1-10 – The Lord, our loving God and fortress, it is He in whom we take refuge!

Isaiah 46:5–13 – There is no other God than the Lord God Almighty who sees to it that His plans come to pass!

Psalm 22:1-8, 16-24 – Though while suffering beyond our comprehension, god the Father listened to His Son’s cry for help!

Zechariah 13:1-2, 4-9 – At the time of Christ’s crucifixion, the Lord Almighty will be striking His and our Shepherd as the sacrifice for our sins!

Daniel 9:20–27 – The Lord God appointed Jesus the Messiah to be the Priest-King over Zion to put an end to sin and bring in everlasting righteousness!

Psalm 25:8-15 – The Lord honors the humble and teachable!

Psalm 119:33–40 – It is God’s Word that God uses to turn our eyes away from worthless things!

1 Thessalonians 1:4-10 – There's something so powerful and wonderful about the Gospel that we will gladly suffer because of it!

Psalm 110:1-7 – The Lord who sits at His Father’s right hand will one day crush His enemies!

Psalm 118:19-29 – Our Lord Jesus Christ is the rejected stone that has become the capstone to the Lord’s house!

Worship text for February 1, 2015 was repeated on February 8, 2015

Genesis 1:26-26; 2:18, 22-24 – The crowning event of God’s creation was making a man and a woman in His image!

2 Peter 1:16-21 – God the Father testified that He was well pleased with His Son!

Isaiah 30:18-21 – The Lord will guide those who cry for help!

Philippians 1:3–11 – We have a partnership with Christ where we share together in His grace!


2014


Ephesians 1:11-14 – The indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit is the seal that we have an eternal inheritance in Christ!

Revelation 7:9-14 – People from every nation, tribe, people and language will stand before the throne and worship God!

Isaiah 55:3-7 – It is our Lord who moves His message through His messengers!

Psalm 2:1-12 – God’s Anointed One has the power to give life or take it depending on our response to Him!

Exodus 20:1-7, 18-21 – When we rest in the fear of God we will resist the desire to sin against Him!

Deuteronomy 8:1-11 – The blessing and discipline of “manna” were to teach God’s people that they must live on God’s Word!

Isaiah 40:1-3, 6-11 – God overrules our stupidity with His own absolute pardon through the finished work of Christ on the cross!

Isaiah 6:5-13 – The cure for our spiritual blindness and deafness requires a repentant and humble heart!

Isaiah 42:1-9 – The relationship between God the Father, the Holy Spirit and Jesus is marked by genuine partnership!

Daniel 7:7-18 - Long in advance of the Son of Man appearing with authority on this earth He was seen by Daniel in a vision!

Colossians 1:9-14 - We need to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in order to live a life worthy of the Lord that pleases Him in every way!

Daniel 3:13-18 - The God we serve is able to save us from our enemies!

2 Corinthians 3:7-18 - When we turn to Christ, the veil is removed, letting us see the Lord's glory and giving us reason to be bold!

Zephaniah 3:14-20 - Because our Lord is with us, He will rejoice over you with singing!

1 Corinthians 15:50-58 - We are able to live today in the victory that is yet to be fully realized when we are clothed with immortality!

Isaiah 42:8-13 - Let us give glory to the Lord and proclaim His praise in the islands!

Hebrews 12:1–6 - The suffering love of Jesus has always inspired faithfulness in godly believers!

Isaiah 58:1–6 - Our Lord delights when we loose the chains of injustice and set the oppressed free!

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 - Jesus died for us that we may live together with Him!

1 Peter 3:10-17 - We love others, even suffer for it, because we belong to Christ!

Isaiah 44:1–6 - God delights in His servants by pouring out on them the blessing of His Spirit!

Isaiah 44:6–11 - Evidence that there is no god like the one true God is that He foretells the future long in advance!

Acts 4:8-12 - Know this: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth that God does miraculous works among us!

Psalm 118:13-24 - Jesus is the rejected stone that became the Capstone of the building!

Isaiah 43:8–13 - We are witnesses that the Lord is God and there is no other!

Isaiah 55:1–7 - When we have the opportunity to seek the Lord and call on Him, we best do it right then!

2 Corinthians 4:13–18 - The One who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus! 

Acts 5:27–32 - God has raised Jesus from the dead and exalted Him to His own right hand as Prince and Savior!

1 Peter 5:6–11 - Jesus Christ will restore us and make us strong, firm and steadfast in the face of sufferings!

2 Peter 1:16–21 - In the presence of Peter, James and John, a voice spoke from a cloud saying, “This is My Son, whom I love”!

Jeremiah 6:16–19 - If God brings disaster upon us, it will be because we rejected His words and His laws!

1 Peter 1:10-12 - The Spirit of Christ was at work in His prophets so that they could speak of a time in the future when Christ would suffer and be glorified!

1 Thessalonians 1:4-10 - The Holy Spirit brings the gospel of Jesus Christ into our lives with power, conviction and with joy!

Isaiah 40:6-11 - Our Lord Jesus compassionately comes to us like a shepherd to rule and reward!

Isaiah 33:20–24 - The heavenly Jerusalem will be a place where all the forgiven will live with an abundance!

Jonah 2:1-10 - Jonah, like Jesus, offered his life for the salvation of others because He fully believed God would save him!

Jonah 1:12–17; 2:10 - The raising of Jonah from the belly of the fish is the sign Jesus gave to a wicked generation that their only hope was in Him!

Psalm 107:23–32 - The Lord intends that as we participate in His works that we call out to Him!

Proverbs 11:21, 25-12:1 - The direction of our life points to its destination; a righteous direction to life; a wicked to punishment!  

Matthew 17:1-9 - In a supernatural event of transfiguring Jesus, God the Father declares that Jesus is His Son!

Psalm 19:1-6 - The heavens declare the glory of God with a voice heard in every language!

2 Peter 3:1-9 - The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, rather, He is patient for our benefit!

Daniel 3:14-18 - The hope of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego was in the God who rescues from eternal judgment, not simply from temporal judgment!

 


2013


Psalm 51:10–17– Our humility, honesty and joyfulness create a favorable climate for an unbeliever to believe!
Psalm 46:7–11 – When Jesus, the Lord Almighty, is with us, He will be exalted among the nations!
Isaiah 51:11–16 – I will not forget my Maker who comforts me and tells me I belong to Him!

Psalm 89:19–29 – The relationship God establishes with David points to the greater relationship God the Father has with Jesus His Son!

Exodus 3:11–15 – God wants to be known from generation to generation as I AM!

Hosea 2:19-23 – Our relationship with God is likened to a marriage, “You are mine, I am Yours!”

Matthew 20:21-28 – Jesus sets the example of becoming great by being a sacrificial servant!

2 Corinthians 9:6-11 – God’s abundant grace leads us to abound in good works so that thanksgiving to God will overflow!

1 John 5:9-12 – God has testified concerning His Son that in Him is life and that life can be ours!

Isaiah 1:15-20; 53:4-6 – God has made away for our sins to be forgiven!

John 15:12-17 – Our sacrificial relationship with Christ will bear fruit that will last!

John 15:5-11 – Our deeply personal relationship with Christ will bear fruit that will testify to being His disciples!

John 15:1-5 – Our intimate relationship with Christ will nourish us and make us fruitful for His glory!

Psalm 119:65-72 – The Lord even uses our difficult experiences to increase our hunger for His word!

Isaiah 64:1-9 - O Lord, You are our Father. We are all the work of Your hand!

Isaiah 60:15, 18-22 - Our mighty Lord will make His people the everlasting pride and joy of all generations!

Isaiah 57:14-19 - Our Lord God revives the heart of the lowly and contrite!

Isaiah 26:1-9 - Our Lord keeps in perfect peace those who steadfastly trust in Him!

Isaiah 59:14-21 - Our Lord God on His own worked salvation so that we might speak of His glory!

John 15:1-8 – Remain in Christ and we will be like fruit bearing trees proving that Christ lives in us!

Matthew 6:28-34 – Seek first God's kingdom and God's righteousness and the things we truly need will be given us!

Psalm 100:1-5 – The Lord is God. He made us. We are His. We are the sheep of His pasture!

Psalm 5:1-7, 11-12 – Every morning is a good time to renew our relationship with our Lord who hears our prayers and protects us!

Isaiah 40:6-11 – Our Lord cares for us like a shepherd who carries His lambs close to His heart!

Philippians 2:12–18 – The sacrifices we make to hold out the word of life will be rewarded with joy in someone’s salvation!

2 Corinthians 5:17–21 – God made His Son, Jesus Christ, who had no sin to be sin for us!

Revelation 5:6–10, 13 – It was the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, that purchased men for God from the entire earth!

Isaiah 51:1–8 – The new city of God will overflow with joy and gladness, thanksgiving and the sound of singing!

Isaiah 43:1–7 – The Lord God is summoning His redeemed sons and daughters from around the globe to live in His life-giving presence!

Isaiah 2:1–5 – Responding to the invitation to go up to the mountain of the Lord will bring us everlasting peace!

Psalm 89:1-4, 19-29 - David, the firstborn, the most exalted king of the earth, points to Christ, the King of all kings!

Isaiah 65:17–22 – A Day is coming when we will live forever within a City of delight and joy with our Creator!

Isaiah 40:9–14 – Our God is like a shepherd who carries us close to His heart!

Isaiah 52:1–9 – Our only true and lasting freedom from bondage to sin is found in the good news of Jesus Christ!

Hebrews 12:18–24, 28-29 – We are awaiting entrance into Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God!

Psalm 84:1–12 – Better is one day in the courts of our Lord than a thousand elsewhere!

Isaiah 45:16-25 – There is no God apart from the God of Israel, a righteous God and Savior!

John 5:24–30 – God the Father has given His Son the authority to judge!

Hebrews 9:24-28 – Christ’s sacrifice took the place of the judgment we deserved!

Psalm 138:1-8 – The Lord our God delights to make us bold and stouthearted in our proclaiming of His praises!

Psalm 95:1-9 – Our Maker is our Sustainer thus worthy of our worship!

Psalm 102:18-28 – Our Lord hears the groans of prisoners and engages His people to participate in His rescue!

Psalm 48:1-11 – Good people rejoice to know that God is a righteous Judge!

Isaiah 48:17-21 – Our Lord gives us peace and righteousness for our obedience!

Revelation 5:6-10 – Our Lord is worthy to be the reigning King of the universe because He purchased men for God with His blood!

Psalm 65:1-8 – When we come to God in humble prayer, He forgives our sins!

2 Chronicles 32:6-10,20-21 – When we are the the Lord's side, there is a greater power that is with us than with those opposed to the Lord!

Psalm 3:1-8 – Our Lord is a shield around us to preserve our lives while in the battles of life!

Psalm 32:1-5 – Our Lord delights to grant us forgiveness upon our confession of our sins!

Psalm 32:6-11 – The Lord our God is our hiding place where we have joyful protection!

Psalm 98:1-9 – Christ is coming UPON the world in righteousnes and with equity!

Psalm 67:1-7 – May God bless us so that unbelievers around us will fear and believe Him!

 

 

The following are excerpts from David Bryant’s book, Christ is all, page 302. This book is now available from Logos Bible Software Library to add to your digital library collection using the Libronix platform by logging on to www.logos.com.

 

What does it mean to be a witness to Christ inside the Church?

Drawing its meaning from the legal sphere the purpose of a “witness” in a court of law is to contribute toward a verdict from the hearers. At a trial a witness steps to the stand, raises her or his right hand and swears to “tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth”. A witness is called upon to help a lawyer sway the decision of the jury by an honest recitation of firsthand observations. Witnesses do not call attention to themselves but point to something far more important. Witnesses testify to what they have seen and heard, as Peter and John claimed to do before the Sanhedrin (Acts 4).

As Messengers of Hope we should bear witness first of all to other Christians, eventually inviting them to render fresh a verdict about the supremacy of Christ: Is He really who He claims to be? Is He all that He claims to be?

In this analogy a witness is never asked to play the role of an attorney. A witness is not pleading a case for Christ’s supremacy with their hearers. That’s the role of the Holy Spirit, and He advocates well (Jn. 16). The “courtroom” (the Body of Christ) should sense, however, that the witness wants to influence the jury (his fellow believers) with his or her Message of Hope. The witness is intent on persuading them to “rule in favor of” the truth about who Christ is as the Son of God, where He leads in the Purposes of God, how He imparts the Resources of God and what He receives from the People of God (the four components of our original definition of supremacy). Our first job as witnesses remains persuasion by life and lip, leading believers to exalt in God’s Son for all that He is. The contemporary collapse of Christology in our churches requires this.

The Church also must witness to unbelievers by word and deed in our neighborhoods as well as among unreached peoples throughout the nations. In no way do I depreciate the critical need for many more evangelistic outreaches everywhere. But our top priority is clear: In compelling ways we must bear witness to Christ to each other as believers. We must challenge one another to live out the fuller implications of His supremacy day by day. God’s Word is our portfolio. It can stir up holy expectations toward Jesus that transform all areas of discipleship and evangelism.

Otherwise, considering the significant loss of Christ-inspired hope and passion in the Church, I ask you: How else will a revived spirit of evangelism surface among us? Where else will the hundreds of thousands of new missionaries come from, so urgently needed at this moment to complete the Great Commission?

This was Jesus’ game-plan in Acts 1. Providing His disciples with convincing proofs of the Resurrection, Jesus stayed on after Easter for an additional forty days! Why that long? After three years of disciple-making what was still missing in His ministry to them? What could possibly require so much additional input? A study of Luke 24 and Acts 1 strongly suggests He stayed behind to better prepare His disciples to be Messengers of Hope. According to Acts 1 He did so by exposing them to unexplored dimensions of His Kingdom purposes. He spent time convincing them that now that He had prevailed as sole conqueror of death for the entire universe, His very person was the “linchpin” of that Kingdom. Prior to this season with Him in post-Easter dramas, how could they have grasped such awesome truths?

Finally, Jesus concluded His 40-day tutorial by commissioning them to be witnesses of all they had seen of the vastness of His victories. “Witness” wasn’t what they were to do. “Witness” was what they had already become by dwelling in His presence and beholding His risen glory.

Ten days after His Ascension the disciples rose up to speak about Him with a level of boldness never seen in them before. They testified to His coronation at the Father’s right hand. They broadcast promises guaranteed by His position on the Throne. But notice — their ministry began in Jerusalem and then spread to Judea, moving on to Samaria. Only then were they to go to the ends of the earth — to unreached peoples. In other words, their first assignment was to testify to the people of God, many of whom gathered at Pentecost to hear them.

The emerging 1st century church maintained the pattern of Acts 1. Throughout the rest of the book, planting and growing a Message of Hope always began with insiders first. It focused on those who regarded themselves as the Chosen of God so that they might discover the new life that God’s Kingdom (and King) offered His people. In turn they could become a blessing to the families of the earth. (See the conclusion of Peter’s sermon to insiders in Acts 3.) As Paul put it, the witness was always “to the Jew first” (Rom. 1) — to the insider first. There’s no less of a need for this kind of consistent witness inside the Church to the people of God today.

If we are serious about a reformation of Christology, we must recommit to the diligent practice of being Messengers of Hope to each other, starting with our gatherings every Sunday morning. We must aim also to get Christ back into the conversation at the dinner table with our families as well as in everyday exchanges with Christian friends. [1]

 


[1]Bryant, D. (2004). Christ is all! : A joyful manifesto (302). New Providence, NJ: New Providence Publishers.