LIVE SERVICE – Per the Governor’s order, churches can reopen with 25% occupancy (85 total in Sanctuary and Balcony), with hand hygiene, social distancing and face coverings.To maintain proper distancing every other pew is closed off. Hand sanitizer is by the entrances, and we have masks if you need one. We will be singing inside, but our fellowshiping will need to be outside. No attendance pads will be passed, and offerings can be placed directly into boxes in the back of the sanctuary. To avoid the need to touch hymnals or pew Bibles, we’ll be projecting the songs and Scriptures on the screen. There will be no Children’s Church, Youth Sunday School or staffed Nursery for now. The Adult General Sunday School class will meet in person after the service (contact Pastor Don) as well as via Zoom for those not able/desiring to attend in person.The Ladies Sunday School class will continue to meet only via Zoom at 11:30AM (contact Judy Rachow). If you have health concerns, are over 65, or just have doubts about attending at this time, PLEASE KNOW that you are loved and we support your decision to be cautious and not attend in person. The order of service will be a bit different to accommodate live streaming on Facebook.
LIVE STREAM – The congregational prayer, sermon and benediction will be live streamed on Facebook but starting at a new time of approximately 10:00AM. Music is currently restricted by copyright, but we’re working on a licensing solution.
Title: Jesus’ Power Gives Us Hope
Text: Acts 27:13-38
Theme: In Life’s storms, Jesus renews hope as we wait on Him & follow Him.
I. Renewed hope flows from our ____________________ with Him.
A. Always by His Spirit, sometimes by special messengers, the Lord reminds of His Presence with us in the storm.
B. He also revives hope, when by His Word He renews our sense of His calling
II. Renewed hope forms as we honor our _________________ to Him.
A. Paul’s responsibility was two-fold: take heart & give heart.
B. We’re responsible to maintain our Christian hope by the Lord’s means.
Questions for Study
Was there hope before man’s fall into sin? Genesis 1:28-30
How is hope as necessary to daily life as breathing or eating?
How does Scripture describe hope? See: Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 37; Romans 8:18-25; Hebrews 12; James 5:7-8; I John 3:1-3.
How does the Bible phrase wait on the Lord… speak of Christian hope?
Read Deuteronomy 28:15-68. How are the threats there basically forms of hopelessness?
What is the difference between Faith & Hope? Does time orientation (past, present, future) have any bearing on their differences? Can you have one without the other? See Romans 5:1-5; Hebrews 11:1.
Christians are called to be peace-makers. How are we also to be hope-givers? See what Paul did during the storm at sea, Acts 27:21-36. Also see Exodus 15; Psalm 78:1-8; Malachi 3:16-18; I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; Hebrews 10:24-25.
How do gratitude & thanksgiving help foster hope?