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The Good News of Living Hope: The Outcomes of Our Faith

Call to Worship

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Worship and Praise Selection One

“Lion And The Lamb”

He’s coming on the clouds
Kings and kingdoms will bow down
And every chain will break
As broken hearts declare His praise
For who can stop the Lord Almighty

And our God is the lion
The Lion of Judah
He’s roaring with power
And fighting our battles
And every knee will bow before Him
Our God is the lamb
The lamb that was slain
For the sins of the world
His blood breaks the chains
And every knee will bow before the lion and the lamb
Every knee will bow before Him

So, open up the gates
Make way before the King of Kings
The God who comes to save
Is here to set the captives free
For who can stop the Lord Almighty

Our God is the lion
The Lion of Judah
He’s roaring with power
And fighting our battles
And every knee will bow before Him
Our God is the lamb
The lamb that was slain
For the sins of the world
His blood breaks the chains
And every knee will bow before the lion and the lamb
Every knee will bow before Him

For who can stop the Lord Almighty
Who can stop the Lord Almighty
Who can stop the Lord Almighty
No one
Who can stop the Lord Almighty

Who can stop the Lord Almighty
Who can stop the Lord Almighty
There is no one
Who can stop the Lord Almighty
Who can stop the Lord

Our God is the lion
The Lion of Judah
He’s roaring with power
And fighting our battles
And every knee will bow before Him
Our God is the lamb
The lamb that was slain
For the sins of the world
His blood breaks the chains
And every knee will bow before the lion and the lamb
Every knee will bow before Him

Every knee will bow

Worship and Praise Selection Two

“Living Hope”

How great the chasm that lay between us
How high the mountain I could not climb
In desperation, I turned to heaven
And spoke Your name into the night
Then through the darkness, Your loving-kindness
Tore through the shadows of my soul
The work is finished, the end is written
Jesus Christ, my living hope

Who could imagine so great a mercy?
What heart could fathom such boundless grace?
The God of ages stepped down from glory
To wear my sin and bear my shame
The cross has spoken, I am forgiven
The King of kings calls me His own
Beautiful Savior, I’m Yours forever
Jesus Christ, my living hope

Hallelujah, praise the One who set me free
Hallelujah, death has lost its grip on me
You have broken every chain
There’s salvation in Your name
Jesus Christ, my living hope
Hallelujah, praise the One who set me free
Hallelujah, death has lost its grip on me
You have broken every chain
There’s salvation in Your name
Jesus Christ, my living hope

Then came the morning that sealed the promise
Your buried body began to breathe
Out of the silence, the Roaring Lion
Declared the grave has no claim on me
Then came the morning that sealed the promise
Your buried body began to breathe
Out of the silence, the Roaring Lion
Declared the grave has no claim on me
Jesus, Yours is the victory, whoa!

Hallelujah, praise the One who set me free
Hallelujah, death has lost its grip on me
You have broken every chain
There’s salvation in Your name
Jesus Christ, my living hope
Hallelujah, praise the One who set me free
Hallelujah, death has lost its grip on me
You have broken every chain
There’s salvation in Your name
Jesus Christ, my living hope…

Jesus Christ, my living hope
Oh God, You are my living hope

The Old Roman Creed

I believe in God the Father almighty;
and in Christ Jesus His only Son, our Lord,
Who was born from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
Who under Pontius Pilate was crucified and buried,
on the third day rose again from the dead,
ascended into heaven,
sits at the right hand of the Father,
whence he will come to judge the living and the dead;
and in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Church,
the remission of sins,
the resurrection of the flesh, and in
life everlasting.

Holy Communion

Matthew 26:26-29

26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

Mother’s Day Announcement

With high esteem and great joy, we welcome Robin Schmidt as the MCA Women’s Ministry Director.

Tithes and Offerings

https://www.fellowshiponegiving.com/App/Giving/mca

Proverbs 11:24-25

24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
    another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
    and one who waters will himself be watered.

The Good News of Living Hope: The Outcomes of Our Faith

H – Heaven

O – Outcome

P – Power of God

E – InExpressible Joy

Outcomes are important in life.

When this fully develops, what will be the outcome?

Stephen Covey, in “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” believes the second habit of effective people is to “begin with the end in mind.”

“We may be very busy, we may be very efficient, but we will also be truly effective only when we begin with the end in mind.”  Stephen Covey

Long before Covey’s masterpiece, the Holy Spirit inspired the author writing Hebrews to state,

 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.  Hebrews 13:7

Today’s primary text, 1 Peter 1:8, 9, reminds us that we are born again to living hope as we are “obtaining the outcome of our faith, the salvation of our souls.

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8, 9

Immediately, upon placing your trust in Jesus to birth you into His living hope, you begin obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your soul.

Knowing one’s soul is saved by God’s mercy and grace is an outstanding outcome we are receiving right now. 

A clean conscience is an outcome of our faith that we are obtaining today.

“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions,” said Atticus, “but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” 
― Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird

13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctifyfor the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.  Hebrews 9:13, 14

let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22

“Tolstoy said, ‘The antagonism between life and conscience may be removed either by a change of life or by a change of conscience.’ Many of us have elected to adjust our consciences rather than our lives. Our powers of rationalization are unlimited. They allow us to live in luxury and indifference while others, whom we could help if we chose to, starve and go to hell.” 
― Randy AlcornMoney, Possessions and Eternity

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.  1 Timothy 1:5

The Fruit of the Spirit is another glorious outcome of our faith that we are obtaining today.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  Galatians 5:22-24

Do you have Christian HOPE today?

When the way you are living fully develops, what will be the outcome?

The outcomes of trusting Jesus are:

  • The salvation of our souls
  • A clean conscience before God
  • The fruit of the Holy Spirit.

MCA Online Bible Fellowship Conversation Guide

Listen – My Story

  • What is one of your favorite outcomes of a decision you made?
  • What was the process of making that decision?

Learn – Digging Deeper

  1. Read Matthew 13:53-58
  2. What was the outcome for the people of Nazareth in this passage?
  3. What has unbelief cost you?
  4. Are you willing to have the outcomes of unbelief in your life today?
  • Read Matthew 12:15
    • What was the outcome for the people in this passage?
    • Is this outcome available to people today?
    • Are you desirous of this outcome of faith in your life today?

Life – Taking it Home

  1. What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through this lesson? 
  2. How can your Online Bible Fellowship help you apply this weeks’ teaching?

Lift – Prayer

  • Is there an outcome of faith for which we can pray with you?
  • Pray for those who placed their trust in Jesus for salvation this past week.
  • Receive prayer requests and pray one for the other.
  • Please pray for the MCA congregations both at home and around the world, especially for their finances.
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