Discover Living Hope
Adam Burton | April 9, 2023
In this sermon, Pastor Adam Burton explores the concept of “Living Hope” in depth, which refers to the hope that Christians have in the salvation offered by Jesus Christ. He emphasizes that this hope is not just a vague wish or desire but a confident assurance that arises from knowing and believing in Jesus. To further clarify his point, Pastor Adam highlights how this hope is specifically designed to sustain believers through difficult times and even bring them joy amidst suffering.
To illustrate this point more vividly, Pastor Adam shares a compelling story of Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell, who survived the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon but suffered severe burns. Despite his harrowing experience, Birdwell was rescued and went on to start a non-profit organization that aids burn victims and wounded service men and women. Additionally, Pastor Adam also recounts the inspiring story of Air Force Colonel Rob Maness, who helped save Birdwell’s life and later reconnected with him through a chance encounter facilitated by then-Texas Governor Rick Perry. These two men, who had never met before, were bound together by a divine purpose, Pastor Adam suggests, highlighting the power of faith in bringing people together in unexpected ways.
In conclusion, Pastor Adam emphasizes the critical purpose of believers’ living hope, which is to share the message of salvation with others. He explains that the Holy Spirit revealed this message through the Old Testament prophets and continues to inspire and empower believers today to share the good news of salvation with others. To inspire and motivate his listeners, Pastor Adam encourages believers to live in a way that honors Jesus Christ and reflects the love and grace they have received, actively living out their faith in their daily lives.