Pastor Dave Sarsons
March 17, 2019
SERMON: March 17, 2019 “The Faith and Hope of St. Patrick”
Patrick was born in the area of Britain and at age 16 was torn from his family by Irish raiders and carried into slavery in Ireland. He spent six years there before he finally escaped and returned to Britain. Later, after returning to Britain, he was deeply moved by a letter “The Voice of the Irish” and he knew he had to return to Ireland. Wrestling with doubt and his perceived shortcomings, he returned to Ireland only to have all hesitations vanish when entering the mission field. He “journeyed far and wide, baptizing and confirming with untiring zeal” the Gospel. He was confident and held certain in God’s promises.
In Hebrews 6:13-20 “there are two reasons why God’s promises are certain: the “unchanging nature of His purpose” and the fact that He cannot break His covenant. Thus, the only stable and unqualified ground of hope is the immutable character of God and the promises that flow out of His character. Many people have an ill-defined or unbiblical hope; they look to the world and not to the Lord as the foundation of their security and confidence. Such people, whether sooner or later, find that their feet are standing on shifting sand (Matthew 7:24-27). Nevertheless, as inhabitants of this world, it takes real courage for us to risk everything on the promises of God. At least those who hope in the promises of the world have something tangible and visible to bolster their confidence. But those who hope in God’s promises are staking their lives on what is not seen and what is not yet. “For in this hope we are saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not have, we wait for it patiently” (Romans 8:24-25)…”Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).”