Key points from the sermon:
We are “born again” not by our own merit, but “according to his great mercy.” We are re-born into a “living hope” simply because Jesus resurrected! Our hope is living because Jesus is living. All other hopes are dying. Even science backs this up - the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics proves that everything is in a constant state of decay. In Christ alone, we find a hope that does not decay.
With our new birth comes a new family - that family of God! As born-again Christians, we are now sons and daughters of God the Father and we have a new inheritance - one that is “imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.” This new inheritance is kept in Heaven for us - where moth and rust cannot destroy and thieves cannot break in and steal.
Best of all, as Christ-followers, we are being guarded “by God’s power” - by the Creator and Sustainer of the universe! Through faith, our inheritance is secure and so are we. While we are in exile, we can live with hope, knowing that our Savior is coming and bringing full salvation with him.
Scripture to meditate on this week:
“He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom be poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” -Titus 3:5-7
What dying things are we putting our hope in? Let’s search our hearts and be honest.
Into what are we “born again”? Describe the inheritance that comes with Jesus Christ. How is this good news for us exiles? Do others notice that our hope is not dying - that our hope is living?
In verse 5, what does Peter mean when he says that we “are being guarded”? How can we work (as a family, as a DNA, as an MC, etc.) to enjoy this security we have in Christ Jesus? How does this blessed assurance impact our lives and our relationships?
This week let’s practice letting go of our dying, lesser hopes! Let’s be honest about what we’re living for. Ask God to hold us fast to the only imperishable and unfading inheritance we have through Jesus Christ. Let’s set our minds on things above by considering what truths we’re listening to throughout the day. Are we letting the world or The Word fill our thoughts? In addition to reading the Bible, think about the songs that play in our heads and what we’re telling ourselves. Are our thoughts turning our gaze to Heaven? Let’s not settle for worldly hopes. Let’s pray with Jonathan Edwards, “Lord, stamp eternity on (our) eyeballs!”