Aim: To be fruitful now, as a result of a sure and bright eternity.
Doctrine: Because of Jesus, the church always has a future and a hope, which flows from God's unchangeable covenant; and which stands, despite our sin (and its consequences).
Exegesis: The amazing generosity of our gracious God: He has great love toward undeserving sinners (vv. 10-11); He gives Himself to undeserving sinners (vv. 12-13); He marvelously delivers undeserving sinners (v. 14).
Further application: How to realize a future and a hope: view life from a covenantal perspective, and live now (in Jesus) as one making progress toward heaven.
Key verse: v. 11 ''For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.''
Rev. Mark Henninger received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and he has been Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois for more than 25 years.