The Power of Hope II – Colossians 1:1-8

April 19, 2020
Teacher: Gary Nock
Scripture: Colossians 1:1-8

We are entering our sixth week of sheltering in place and social distancing with the outlook being for more of the same in the coming weeks. The Easter holiday is over but as Darrell Bock, one of my professors in seminary, writes:

“In terms of new life and a new way of looking at life, Easter ultimately is not about a single day on the calendar for celebration and remembrance. It is about a way of life.

[Our] desire [for normalcy] proclaims the defiant hope of an end to our current traumatic trial with a plague. Defiant hope is what Easter is also about, but it is more–the hope of authentic, enduring life, even out of surrounding, omnipresent death. It reflects the urge to get life going again in ways that are far more normal that what being “sheltered in” requires.” –Darrell Bock, blogpost

Today’s message is entitled The Power of Hope and comes out of Colossians 1:1-8. Whether or not we are sheltered in place, quarantined, or distanced from one another, our spiritual growth must continue. This passage of scripture reminds us that we are a people of hope and that our hope in Jesus Christ, the preeminent One.

Blessings as you continue your journey in life.

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