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Gospel Hope Produces Fruit

April 26, 2020 Series: Colossians

Scripture: Colossians 1:1–1:8

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Kids Words: Gospel, Faith, Love, Hope

TITLE: GOSPEL HOPE PRODUCES FRUIT

POINTS:

  1. The Fruit Producing Hope of Heaven
  2. The Fruit Bearing Work of the Gospel
  3. The Fruit of a Faithful Disciple Maker

Main Idea: A Gospel-centered hope of heaven produces outward expressions of faith in Christ and growing love for others.

1. The Fruit Producing Hope of Heaven

Quotes:

“Faith, hope, and love are mentioned numerous times in Scripture as a sort of “apostolic shorthand” for genuine Christianity.” - R. Lucas

“None of these qualities can be manufactured by man; they all come from God.” – K. Hughes

“To believe that God raised Jesus from the dead is to believe in the God who raises the dead. Such faith not merely assents to a fact about Jesus, it recognizes a truth about God.” – Schweizer 

English poet Alexander Pope had his own way of describing that kind of hope: “Blessed is he who expects nothing for he shall never be disappointed.”

2. The Fruit Bearing Work of the Gospel 

Quote:

Douglas Moo, makes an interesting connection for us, “The language bearing fruit and increasing is reminiscent of the Genesis creation story, where God commands human beings to “be fruitful and increase in number” (Gen. 1:28; see also 1:22).

He goes on to say, “Paul may, then, be deliberately echoing a biblical-theological motif according to which God’s original mandate to humans finds preliminary fulfillment in the nation Israel but ultimate fulfillment in the worldwide transformation of people into the image of God by means of their incorporation into Christ.”

3. The Fruit of a Faithful Disciple Maker

Quote:

“When a person looks away from the world to the exceedingly great reward of God’s promises, and lives with a deep confidence in the coming glory of the children of God, the shackles of worldliness are broken and the hands of love are freed.” – John Piper

 

 

 

 

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