How would you define hope? In what way would your definition apply to a local church? What if hope were missing from a congregation? Would anybody notice? We’ll think about these and other things as we allow Peter’s words to guide us into the truth about hope. These passages of Scripture suggest several ingredients that must be present if hope is to remain a vital part of a church’s life.
The enemy is hard at work and he’s alive and well in the Church, working hard to destroy the lives of Christians—particularly those in leadership.
Our confidence is in Christ, not ourselves. He is the One who calms our fears and gives us the courage we need in times of suffering.
The Bible tells us to watch for Satan’s attacks because they will come. And when they come, the Bible tells us Jesus in us will give us the strength to resist temptation.
There is nothing too big and nothing too small for God. For some reason, as we age, we forget there’s nothing God doesn’t care about in our lives.
Discipline is the “D” word that nobody likes but everybody admires. It’s the stuff that happens when nobody is looking or applauding. It’s the hard work of what goes on behind the scenes and results in excellence.
Mistakes keep us humble and humility is a good thing. Whether you’re a pastor, parent, or boss. When you lead with humility, you lead with the heart of the Great Shepherd.