Ten Guidelines About Hope
- As a Christian, be careful to avoid an attitude about your church that sounds like God is hopelessly unable to accomplish…whatever.
- Pessimism about what God can do is the heresy that God is a God of scarcity, rather than the God of abundance. Read Hebrews 11. Then read Hebrews 12:1-2.
- Be ready, at all times, to share the hope that you have inside: Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 3:15).
- When people far from God express hopelessness, consider it a sign of receptivity—an invitation for you to share your “God stories,” what god has done in your life.
- Some people “hope to win the lottery.” As a believer, you have a living hope much greater. You should share it every chance you get.
- No one enjoys a society that has reached a high level of pessimism, as researchers have reported concerning the state of thinking in the United States and some other nations. Look at the “upside”: when people are hopeless, it signals a great opportunity to point them to Jesus. They are receptive!
- As a Christian, you are a guardian and spokesperson for a hope that overcomes anything this world dishes out. When you see a nonbeliever in hopelessness, speak of the hope of Christ as your real, measurable source of strength and endurance.
- When you see fellow Christians acting hopeless, don’t criticize or write them off. Point to Christ, who is the Source of hope.
- In times when the media reflects massive hopelessness, or personal challenges overwhelm, ask God for courage. Read Joshua 1:9, where God says, “Be strong and courageous, for I am with you.” And He is!
- Remember: when things are at their worst, God is at His best, especially if Christians will shine the light that pierces the darkness.
This is excerpted from the November/December Church Doctor Report – Hopeless in America: Opportunity for Outreach
Kent R. Hunter has consulted hundreds of churches in North America and taught thousands of church leaders in a dozen countries. His 30 books are widely read with translations in six languages. Contact him at (800) 626-8515, by email, Twitter, Facebook, or visit www.churchdoctor.org.