Humility | BELIEVE | Dave Ramsey

What steals hope?

1. Failure as an indicator of the future

2. Hope in the wrong things

3. Lost perspective

When you’ve been through life, when someone has stolen your hope, when you’ve surrendered your hope to a situation, when you move from hopeful to hopeless, we’re in need of some spiritual boy scout fluid, aren’t we? When I feel like wet wood, I need “whoosh” in my life. I need some hope- something to light me up, something to move me along.

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when desire comes it is the tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12

When we do something stupid or fail, and we say, “That’s it, we failed. That’s all there is. I am now- I didn’t just fail- I am a failure.” When I take my failure, my foible, my problem, my mess-up, and I use that as an indicator of my future and go, “That’s all there is. I’m just going to be that guy.”

“I’m just going to be that girl.”

“I got laid off from my job so I’ll never have a good career.”

“That marriage went bad so I’ll never have a good marriage.”

All of that. And so we say that bad thing that happened or the bad thing that I brought onto myself- I use that and I project it and I say, “That’s my future.”

Why would you go forward? You’d be a psychopath if you thought that was a good thing to walk into. And it’s a false projection- it’s not true.

“Failure is the opportunity to begin more intelligently.” Henry Ford

“Winners never quit”- yes they do. They regularly quite doing stupid stuff that didn’t work.

If you place your hope in the wrong things, people can’t hold your hope- they’re not capable of it. Place your hope in that career and then they fire you, place your hope in that marriage and then it ends- you place your hope in the wrong things. In Christianity we call this “idol worship”.

God has a plan for you and it has nothing to do with stuff.

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for your harm, to give you a future with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

“Men and women are limited not by their intelligence, nor by their education, not by the color of their skin, but the size of their hope.” John Johnson

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:3-4

I have an internal perspective that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purposes. I might not see it this side of death’s door, but I’ll see it over there. 100% of our investments are where moth and rust cannot destroy. All of these things that I have learned are getting me ready for that walk on those golden streets. Getting you ready, because your Heavenly Father- He’s crazy about you. He’s got a plan for you.

I want to tell you- you got this, you can do this. Whatever your momentary trial is- it’s momentary- your Dad is walking with you, and He’s not the kind of dad that’s going to let you down. He’s worthy of the trust. Trustworthy.

Eternity | BELIEVE | Kasey Robinson

KEY QUESTION: What happens next?

Eternity is part of our humanity.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human

heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)

We hope for eternity because sin has created suffering and death.

KEY VERSE: Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:1–3 (NIV)

When I’m with Jesus, I’m with life.

25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will

live, even though they die; 26and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.

John 11:25–26 (NIV)

It was the disciples’ hope in Jesus being life which gave them the courage to face

suffering and even death.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! Romans 5:1-9 (NIV)

Being with Jesus forever is the hope of my salvation because to have Jesus is to have life.

Heaven is life with God.

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:1-4 (NIV)

Hell is without God and, therefore, without life.

KEY IDEA: I believe there is a heaven and a hell and that Jesus will return to judge all people and to establish his eternal kingdom.

Jesus invites me to receive His life by believing in Him so I can live eternally with

God and with God’s people.

Will I be with Jesus after I die?

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Salvation | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

Key Question: How do I have a relationship with God?

Genesis 3:

To cover our sin, it will require the shedding of another’s blood

Exodus 12:21-23

To have death “pass over” your home, you need the blood of the lamb covered over the doorframe of your house.

Luke 23:40-43

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)

Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. (1 Corinthians 5:7)

 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. (1 Peter 1:18-19)

Key Question: How do I have a relationship with God?

For death to “Passover” you, and have an eternal relationship with God, you must have the blood of Christ covered over the doorframe of your life.

But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:40-43)

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Personal God | BELIEVE | Rob Wegner

Question: What is the image of God that is hanging your mental gallery?

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

A.W. Tozer


Big Idea: I believe God is involved in and cares about my daily life.


pg 30

The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?” Genesis 16:7




pg 31

to your mistress and submit to her.” 

10 The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”

11 The angel of the Lord also said to her:

“You are now pregnant

    and you will give birth to a son.

You shall name him Ishmael,[a]

    for the Lord has heard of your misery.

Pg 31,

She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” 

I lift up my eyes to the mountains -

      where does my help come from?

 My help comes from the Lord,

       the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2


Transcendence: God is up above everything. He is independent of and superior to the rest of the universe.


What is the ultimate image of God that Jesus is seeking to paint in the gallery of our hearts? Abba

PG 41

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 6:26-27

Immanence: God is present and active in nature and history. Quite simply God is near.

First, God sees you.

In what area of your life are you on Broken Boulevard? Where do you need to just admit you are lost and need found?

How can you be still this week and listen for God to speak your name?

How can you be more open to and aware of God’s involvement in your life?

Then, you see God.

What warped images of God do you need to let go of?

How is the image of God in your heart too small?

How is the image of God in your heart too distant?

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