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Port Hueneme church of Christ


One Hope and Unity

Ephesians 4:1-6; I Peter 1:3-5

by Mason French


  • Introduction
    • 1. Hope is essential for keeping unity
    • 2. Why should we have hope?
  • I. BECAUSE GOD IS MERCIFUL
    • A. None Is Perfect
      • 1. All sin (Romans 3:23)
      • 2. Even Christians (I John 1:8-10)
    • B. The Abundance of God's Mercy
      • 1. While we were sinners (Romans 5:6-8)
      • 2. Mercy when we obey (Acts 2:36-38)
      • 3. Mercy when Christians sin (I John 1:9)
  • II. BECAUSE JESUS IS ALIVE
    • A. This Is Crucial to Hope
      • 1. No resurrection, no faith (I Corinthians 15:14-15)
      • 2. Christ not risen (I Corinthians 15:17)
    • B. Christianity Gives Living Hope
      • 1. This is the Gospel (I Corinthians 15:1-4)
      • 2. Our resurrection (I Corinthians 15:42-44)
  • III. BECAUSE OF OUR INHERITANCE
    • A. What Do We Inherit?
      • 1. Think about promises of God
      • 2. Think about what it is like
  • IV. BECAUSE WE ARE SAFELY GUARDED
    • A. Kept for "Salvation" at Last Time
      • 1. God is our guard
      • 2. Guarding our possessions
    • B. Being "Kept" Involves Two Things
      • 1. The power of God
        • a. Deliver from temptation (II Peter 2:9)
        • b. Help in bearing up (I Corinthians 10:13)
        • c. Give us the armor (Ephesians 6:10-13
      • 2. Our faith
        • a. Remain faithful (Revelation 2:20)
        • b. We can fall (Hebrews 3:12-13)
    • C. Tragedy of Unbelief - NO HOPE! (Hebrews 3:14-4:3)
  • Conclusion
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