What Does Hope Mean To You?

Girl standing in Ventura with white tank top and cant cancel hope

What Does Hope Mean To You?

Acts 2: 1-11

1“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?

11 we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”

So what does HOPE mean to you? What we just read is the ending of isolation and separation from the Holy Spirit to Creation. What does HOPE mean to you? To the Holy Spirit, Hope was Jesus. Our sermon series “Can’t Cancel Hope” has been about people stuck in places – holes, caves, boats, isolation… They are separated and we have studied how they kept or found their hope and the actions they took to do so; and how we can apply that to our lives today.

 

Follow along with Pastor Matt here:

Genesis 1:2

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters

HOPE IS THE ANSWER TO CIRCUMSTANCE

Hebrews 6:19

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,”

The Holy spirit came to do 3 things

1 – Heal Our Brokenness 

John 14:26

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

You cannot be healed when you are denial or in love with your brokenness.

2 – Fills Us Up

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

3 – Pours Out Love

Luke 12:12

The Holy Spirit will give you the words to say at the moment when you need them.

Acts 2

11 we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”

The Holy Spirit could have chosen any place and time to show up in the world after Jesus died on the cross, but He chose Acts 2…. Why? the answer is in the first verse.

Acts 2:1 (KJV)

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

The Holy Spirit showed up in the middle of a unified people of all races.

to say…

  • My entire existence is for unity. 
  • To bring unity from people to people. 
  • To bring unity from people to God. 
  • And to bring unity from God to people.

Historically, the move of the Holy Spirit is greatest on this day – Pentecost. I challenge you… I dare you! Show love to people that you might not be unified with.

We need the Holy Spirit because we need unity!