StoneBridge Community Church
The Reason For Our Hope
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 12:00 PM

Today's Text in Context

Bob Utley, Psalm 42

The Anchor as Christian Symbol

In Greek, the phrase ‘in the Lord’ is ‘en kyriō’ sounds a lot like the Greek word ‘ankara’ meaning anchor. Historian Charles Kennedy argues that as a symbol used on graves, the anchor signified that a person had died ‘en kyrio’, ‘in the Lord’. More…

Grave marker, Roman Catacombs.

The Soul's Conflict With Itself

Complete manuscript of Richard Sibbes' book The Soul's Conflict With Itself which explores Psalm 42.5. PDF format, 1.1MB

Richard Sibbes Quotations

Richard Sibbes' work influenced John Wesley, Charles Spurgeon, and Martin Lloyd-Jones. His insights, written some 400 years ago, continue to resonate. "God can pick sense from a confused prayer." "Those who look to be happy must first look to be holy." "Satan gives Adam an apple, and takes away Paradise. Therefore in all temptations let us consider not what he offers, but what we shall lose." Read more…

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed…

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Put your hope in God!

1. Biblical hope eclipses…
1. Biblical hope eclipses and surpasses all its secular substitutes.

John Piper on Hope

"Biblical hope not only desires something good for the future; it expects it to happen. And it not only expects it to happen; it is confident that it will happen. There is a moral certainty that the good we expect and desire will be done." John Piper, What Is Hope?
2. Biblical hope is…
2. Biblical hope is realistic, relational, and reasonable.

Biblical hope is realistic.

Scott McClellan, "Why Hope Isn't Just Optimism" Relevant.

Biblical hope is relational.

Whitney Hopler, "How to Make Your Relationship with God First in Your Life" CrossWalk.

Biblical Faith is reasonable

For an in-depth, comprehensive, highly recommended overview of the reasonableness of the Christian faith, see Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek's I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist. Read a sample chapter…
3. Biblical hope helps us…
3. Biblical hope helps us weather the storms of life with confidence and courage.

Stone anchors discovered off the coast of Haifa. Middle Bronze period (19th–18th centuries BC). Israeli National Maritime Museum, Haifa. 

Grief: Finding Hope in the Darkness

Paul David Tripp, Grief: Finding Hope in the Darkness.

My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

Edward Mote (1797-1874), "My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less" Hymnary.
Memory Verse/ Key Verse Hebrews 6:19a
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. (Hebrews 6.19a)

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