? Scripture. The Bible is a book for the family of faith. There are tons of examples of how and why the Bible is true, and anyone with doubts should pursue their questions. Scripture can stand up to doubts. To read the Bible with expectation we need to do at least two things. First, we need to be teachable and pray that the Holy Spirit will make the words new to us. This takes time and humility. Also, and this is the second point, changing our view of the Bible requires community. Put yourself with other people who have confidence in what God has done both generally and, specifically, through this book.
? Proclamation. Because Jesus lives, the Holy Spirit is active, and God has given us the Bible, we need to open our ears to hear what is being said to us today. Preaching and teaching - even devotionals - are occasions for God to move in our hearts and say something. When we meet together in Jesus' name, we need to listen to what God might be saying through a brother or sister. If you've been doing this a long time and find it hard to sustain confidence and expectation, don't get cynical. Listen harder. Strive for humility and pray for "ears to hear."
Another word for confidence and expectation is hope. As you go about serving and leading this week, may you do so with the encouragement of these words:
So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. (2 Thessalonians 2:15?17)
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