May, 2022 Monthly Message

On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand

1 My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus' name.

Refrain: On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.

2 In every rough and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the vale. When all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain]

3 Not earth, nor hell, my soul can move; I rest upon unchanging love. I trust his righteous character, his counsel, promise, and his power. [Refrain]

4 When he shall come with trumpet sound, oh, may I then in Him be found, Dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne. [Refrain]

What is your hope built on?

Do you find yourself relying on your own abilities? (Guilty!) Do you find yourself putting your hope in other people or circumstances? (Yes and yes.) Are you often disappointed in those things? I know I am.

People fail. External circumstances can't be controlled. And I'm so far from perfect it's not funny. We live in a broken world. No wonder so many people feel hopeless!

We often think of hope as an uncertainty. "I really hope I get that promotion" or "I hope I passed that test!" But Christian hope is putting your trust in God's promise, in Christ. It is having confidence that something will happen because God has promised it.

Having hope in Christ doesn't mean everything is always going to work out the way we want it. Our hope in Christ is so much more- it's our faith in Christ's resurrection- that He's gone ahead of us to prepare a place for us. (John 14:3) Our future is secured by God. And that is the only thing worth building hope on.

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. (I Thessalonians 5:8)