Sermon – August 22, 2021

Romans 5:1-11 – Assurance of Hope


One of my favorite films of all time, The Shawshank Redemption was originally a short-story by Stephen King, best known for his horror novels. Yet, Shawshank is rather a meditation on hope. What happens when a man loses his hope. What’s worse – what happens when a man persists through pain and sorrow in hope, only to have his hopes dashed? King wasn’t the first to think through such issues. In some sense, we all do. We know that sometimes we hope against hope, and we get burned. Yet, for Christians, we have a hope that is both grand and secure. Let us listen to the apostle Paul today as he talks about the nature of our hope as Christians.

1. The blessing of hope

2. The production of hope

3. The security of hope

4. The place of hope