1. In addition to "faith," "hope" is an important subject (1 Corinthians 13:13).
2. By studying a number of passages, especially several in Romans 8, we can understand why
hope is such an important subject in Christianity.
3. Although the Bible speaks of hope in a general sense, we are concentrating on passages that
relate to the hope of "eternal life" (Titus 1:2; 3:7).
4. Let us begin our study by showing that . . .
I. ONLY CHRISTIANS HAVE TRUE HOPE
A. The hope of eternal life is available to everyone; however, only certain people have it.
1. Those who are outside of Christ have no hope (Ephesians 2:11-12).
2. Thankfully, God has provided a way for man to be justified (Romans 5:6-10).
3. We learn from Romans 6:3-7 how a person gets into Christ.
4. Something very special occurs when a person is baptized into Christ (Romans 8:1;
1 Peter 1:3).
B. These principles are illustrated in the conversion of Saul (Acts 9:6-9, 18-22).
1. Before he became a Christian, Saul's actions indicate that he was very troubled.
2. After becoming a Christian by being baptized into Christ, he had a blessed hope.
3. Only Christians [those who have been baptized into Christ] have the hope of eternal life.
II. HOPE PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN KEEPING CHRISTIANS SAVED
A. We learn from Romans 8:18-23 that Christians suffer like everyone else while waiting for the
B. Caution must be exercised because sufferings can cause a child of God to lose hope and fall
away from the Lord (Matthew 13:5-6, 20-21).
C. According to Hebrews 6:19, the Christian's hope is both "sure and steadfast."
D. By maintaining his hope, a child of God can face unpleasant experiences with "patience"
(Romans 8:24-25; 5:3-5).
III. INFORMATION THAT WILL HELP CHRISTIANS MAINTAIN THEIR HOPE
A. Christians are assured that present sufferings are not worthy to be compared to future glory
(Romans 8:18; Proverbs 13:12).
B. Christians are assured that God works providentially on behalf of His children (Romans 8:28).
C. Christians are assured of help from the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26-27) and Christ (vs.34).
D. Christians are assured that God loves His children (Romans 8:35, 38-39).
E. Through Christ, God's children can be "more than conquerors" (Romans 8:37).