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Ten Guidelines About Hope

  1. As a Christian, be careful to avoid an attitude about your church that sounds like God is hopelessly unable to accomplish…whatever.
  2. 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.
  3. Be ready, at all times, to share the hope that you have inside: Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 3:15).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. When you see fellow Christians acting hopeless, don’t criticize or write them off. Point to Christ, who is the Source of hope.
  9. 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!
  10. 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 emailTwitter, Facebook, or visit www.churchdoctor.org.

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3 Comments, RSS

  • George Punches

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    December 27, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks Kent… I needed this “Hopeless” report. I will send it to those in our congregation that need Optimism at this point. We are in process of calling a new pastor and conflict/pessimism seems to be everywhere. Keep up your great ministry.

    • John Wargowsky

      says on:
      December 27, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      We’ll pass this along to Kent. Thanks for commenting, George.

    • John Wargowsky

      says on:
      January 4, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      Passing this along from Kent:
      George: Thanks for your comments about the “Hopeless” issue of the blog post. Share it with everyone, if it helps. Let us know if there is more you’d like us to pray for, for your congregation.
      Kent

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