PASTOR Woods Message Notes


PASTOR WOOD’S Message notes

Message Notes: February 25, 2024
Title: “Hope Too”
Text: Romans 5:1-11

Intro: The word “hope” is used rather lightly. Luther-“Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.” Hope in Christ is meant to shape our lives. Hope is given in the midst of many other blessings that make it worthwhile.

I. “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
A. “Therefore” indicates something established.
B. Justified (aorist passive verb) meaning it’s been established with permanent effects.
1. A court room word.
2. God will not let sin slide.
3. The guilty has been pardoned.
4. 2 Corinthians 5:21
C. Peace is intimately connected to justification
1. One brings the other.
2. No longer enemies/made into children of God.
3. What peace is not–Illustration from I-65
4. What peace is—Being justified/saved.
5. Peace is given not created by exerting some kind of control in our circumstances.

II. “And through Jesus we have gained access into this grace which we now stand.”
A. Standing;
1. Legal world–we have a stake in the matter.
2. Military sense–defend a position that one currently occupies and then refuses to surrender.
3. Inheritance–A position in God’s household.
4. John 8:35
5. No longer on the outside.
B. The means of access is by the means of grace.
1. Password insanity—I lock myself out when I forget.

2. Faith is the key that unlocks God’s gifts.
3. Faith connects us to Jesus.
4. It’s always who you know/Jesus is who we know.
5. Romans 8:37-39

III. Access is a reason to rejoice.
A. Rejoice in the glory of God.
1. National champs/Lions—glorious wins.
2. Shouting/celebrating.
B. Rejoicing in suffering—“Celebrating? Really?”
1. Christ suffering produces something worthwhile.
2. God wastes nothing. Suffering leads to hope.
C. “Suffering produces, perseverance.”
1. Paul knew suffering. (2 Corinthians 11:21-29)
2. In chains for the Gospel in Rome. (Philemon 1:13)
3. Paul knew perseverance.
4. Suffering as he has learned is never a stagnant or empty thing.
5. Stretched to limit without breaking.
6. Athlete increasing stamina as he runs.
7. Hangs on especially when trouble comes.
8. Illustration from a Beechcraft in 1987.1

IV. “Perseverance, to character.”
A. Character is a value term.
1. Ring illustration.
2. Persevering pushes one to greater depth.
3. Within the depths value is more realized and appreciated.
4. God’ wastes nothing, remember?
B. The strength of God is more fully appreciated and understood when we experience it in our weakness.

V. “Character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us…”
A. Hope is never untested.
1. David, lions, bears, and giants.
2. David reasoned, “The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:37).
3. In sickness and death especially.
B. “This hope will not disappoint us.”
1. We’ve all been disappointed in something or someone at some point.
2. Effects us like mourning—
3. Dr. Tripp—Shades don’t stop the sun from shining.
C. Hope in Christ will not disappoint us because…
1. The Lord has already given us faith, access, and now “the love of God poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.”
2. “Poured out”—not stingy.
3. Not a blind optimism. It’s not a maybe. It’s not a could be. It’s a will be.
4. Paul’s tone–complete confidence.
5. Hope became catalytic for Paul.
6. Hope becomes catalytic for us too.
7. Hope reminds us that we have purpose and energizes what happens today.
D. Here Paul wants us to hear that we are not abandoned but have already been given everything that matters. Hope too.

Hope is about a promise not a performance and God wants us to grow in hope. It’s not a magic wand but a lifestyle of faith put into practice. Hope is in the person of Jesus not from us. Hope is meant to shape the present as we aim for the future. Hope is more than just a four-letter word tossed about. And so, I end today with Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Taking It Home
1. Describe a time in your life that you hoped for something and it didn’t pan out? What impact did that have on you?
2. Hope is something that builds upon suffering, perseverance, and character. It is never wasted. How do you normally handle each step? How have you grown in your own experiences?
3. How has the Lord inspired hope within you this week?
Consider Reading Romans 5, 8




Dear Grace Congregation

I am very humbled and grateful to have been in the Lord’s service for 25 years. I am grateful to have served here at Grace for twenty of those years. Thanks to all of you for making our family a part of Grace’s family these twenty years. Thank you for the kindness, the fun, and the joy of last Sunday’s celebration. Thank you for the great meal and fellowship. Thanks to the youth for remembering Michigan Jones so fondly. Thank you for your cards and gifts and for the many expressions of love. Thank you for putting up with all my VBS ideas and hanging in there with me each year. Thank you for your patience when I am a little slow or dull. Thank you for including us in your own milestones. Thank you for allowing me to continue to work side by side with you in this ministry. The family of Grace has been very consistent in its support of its staff and is a big reason I remain here as pastor. We love this congregation and look forward to many more years together with you.

Love in Christ

Pastor Matthew Woods (PW)