Hope for Everyman

This past Sunday was BGMC sunday so i had my assistant Dana teach. here’s the notes from her sermon 🙂

Text: Romans 8:1&2

Central Idea of Text: Paul wrote to the Romans in chapter eight verse one to tell them that Believers may be chastened of the Lord, but will not be condemned with the world. By their union with Christ through faith, they are thus secured. (matthew henry’s concise commentary)

Central Idea of the Sermon: There is hope and purpose for every person that God created.

Specific Objective: The congregation will find inspiration to tell others of the hope and purpose provided through Jesus Christ.

Introduction: Who is every man?

From Phonm Pen, Cambodia to Shreveport, La, everyman needs hope. Without hope, we look forward to nothing, but with hope, we can believe, desire, or trust that our lives mean something, or have purpose. The soul is destroyed w/out purpose, and a person with no hope can find no purpose in their life. Everybody needs a little hope. The fact that connects us to people around the world is that we all need hope.

Cambodia is a kingdom around the world from us. A citizen of Cambodia is called a Khmer and there about about 14 million of them. Most of the people in Cambodia rely on farming mostly rice. More than half of Cambodia’s people are younger than 22. That’s two years older than me! Cambodia is a very dangerous place to live, but it is getting safer. Cambodia is very small (about the size of Oklahoma) and most of the people living there are Buddhist. They don’t know Jesus.

In America we are called Americans and there are about 300,000,000 of us. Most people work in an office and are about 36 yrs old. America is mostly very safe and quite a large country. Lots of people go to church, but not as many know Jesus. They need hope, just like the Cambodians.

Transition Sentence: Everyman from Cambodia to Shreveport needs hope through Jesus.

1. The fact about everyman is that w/out Jesus there is no hope.

Example: Paul wrote to the Romans in chapter eight verse one to tell them that Believers may be disciplined by God, but will not be condemned with the world. By our union with Christ through faith, we are thus saved.

1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

Illustration: CON DEM NATION –hopelessness, nothing can save them. Because we are condemned w/out Jesus, WE NEED HOPE. OUR NEED FOR HOPE CONNECTS US WITH EVERYMAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD, EVEN IN CAMBODIA.

Application: without Jesus there we are condemned to hopelessness and no one can save us. But with Jesus we are set free from sin and death by the Spirit of Life!

TS: We are set free so that we can tell others about the hope that we have in Christ Jesus!

2. Everyman is waiting to be told about Jesus.

Exp: Jesus told us in the great commission to… Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Ill: All nations can mean our nation, or other nations. The way that we can reach other nations from right here at home is by praying and giving.

App: We can pray for the people in Cambodia to come to know Jesus, just like we pray for our friends at school and our family. We can give to missions so that people in Cambodia will hear that Jesus loves them and died for them.

TS: The great commission commands more than just telling people about the hope that we have in Jesus, but it also tells us to teach them to obey everything that Jesus has commanded us.

3. Everyman has more than hope, he also has purpose.

Exp: The soul is destroyed w/out purpose, and a person with no hope can find no purpose in their life. God promises us more than just salvation; he promises hope for a future and a purpose. 4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his[b]faith. 7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

Ill: body parts and purpose

App: there is no part of your body that serves no purpose. Every part has its own special role to work together with the other parts. There is no part that does nothing or is useless. Each part has a purpose, just like in the body of Christ. When we are saved, we become a part of the body of Christ (or the Church). Everybody can do something to help the body work better. EVERYBODY. EVEN PEOPLE WHO ARE NINE THOUSAND MILES AWAY IN CAMBODIA. everyman has a purpose and a hope in Jesus Christ and we are commissioned by God himself to tell them of that purpose and hope.

Conclusion: When we give to God through BGMC and pray for the people around the world, we are learning to do our part to help the body of Christ work better. We need the people in Cambodia to help us, just like we are helping them by praying for them and giving to them. We cannot survive outside the body of Christ and we need every part working the way it should.

This week pray for people in Cambodia to come to know Jesus, so that they can have hope and purpose. Without Jesus, we are not just condemned, but we are useless with no purpose. Today if you do not know Jesus and you want to have hope and purpose, Dallas and I want to pray with you.

If you do not know your purpose…

Pray for Cambodia