58. Hope is in Our DNA

Reading Plan

If you’re looking to dive deeper into what the Bible says about this topic, here’s a suggested Reading Plan, one passage per day for a whole week, based on the sermon:

  1. MONDAY: Genesis 1:26-31
  2. TUESDAY: Genesis 2:18-25
  3. WEDNESDAY: Genesis 3
  4. THURSDAY: 1 Samuel 21:1 – 22:1
  5. FRIDAY: Psalm 34
  6. SATURDAY: Number 27:1-11
  7. SUNDAY: Matthew 18:15-17; Luke 19:1-10

eGroup Discussion Questions – Great for personal reflection/journaling, too!

Sermon Notes: “Hope is in Our DNA” ⤵️

Preacher: Lisa Harper
Passages: Various
Title: Hope is in Our DNA
Date: June 28, 2020

Today’s sermon notes were taken during the 9:30 livestream from the Ballentyne campus.


  • Greek word for hope, elpis (pronounced like “el-peace”)
  • If I can look back to tangible hope, I can expect future hope
  • Hope is not based on now. Not for Christ-followers.
  • Evidence of God’s tangible hope, starting in Genesis
    • Genesis 1:
      • “Only the Christian God is a perfect community unto himself.” -Augustine, Genesis 1:27, we are made for community. That’s a whole other sermon.
      • God created rest and modeled rest before the fall. Rest was not an accommodation for human weakness. That’s a whole other sermon.
    • Genesis 2:
      • God created man and then created woman. Woman is created as a helper, Hebrew ezer, not about position, because God calls himself ezer 14 times in Genesis, too.
    • Genesis 3:21-24:
      • Drove out of the garden, Hebrew garash, seems like God is booting them out of the garden, but…
      • … this term is used redemptively in Exodus twice, when God drove the people out of captivity of Egypt. God had to rock them out of a rut.
      • David feigns madness, thus he was drove out for his own good (1 Samuel 21). Then David writes Psalm 34.
      • If Adam and Eve eat the fruit from the tree of life, they will be forever stuck in Eden but separated from God.
  • There is so much hope in the Bible. It is not boring. You may have sat under a boring Bible teacher. But the Bible is not boring.
    • Number 27:1-11, at this point in ancient history, women had no social standing. Inheritances are passed down through sons, not daughters. But these daughters are asking for permission to keep their father’s lands anyway. When Moses asks God about this, God says, “Yes, the daughters are right, change the rule.”
    • Deuteronomy 22:28-29, God is protecting the women who are violated by men by forcing them to take care of them financially, otherwise these men could continue to rape other women.
    • Matthew 18:15-17, “treat them as a tax collector” isn’t about kicking anyone out of church, which some people have done (“ecclesiastical expulsion”) but it’s about asking, “How did Jesus treat tax collectors?” Matthew is writing this and he is a tax collector.
      • Jesus invites himself over to eat with Zaeccheus, a tax collector, and finds redemption by promising to pay back what he has stolen from people.
    • We use the Bible as a club, but it was never meant to be used as a club.
    • Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword,” I thought this was all about the Bible, but the the New Testament wasn’t finalized yet, this is about Jesus.
  • “All addictions are a distortion of worship.”
  • Lisa Harper shares a story about a lady, an addict, who was asked to resign from a church, the same church that Lisa was speaking at, when Lisa asked his woman to read from the Bible in front of everyone. She learned how to read later than others, too, so that she was always concerned about reading in public because of humiliation she had received. But without knowing it, God used Lisa to help redeem this lady’s fears and wounds.
  • People are dying for real hope, and we have it.
  • The reservoir of God’s hope is bottomless.

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