Fore Street Topsham, Exeter

Minister : Reverend Paul Collings BTh (Hons) : email : : Telephone : 01392 206229 : Mobile : 07941 880768

About Us

St Nicholas Methodist Church has existed on the present site for over 150 years since it opened in 1867.

We are a friendly community of believers where all are welcomed. We help each other to worship God, and strive to live more like Christ in service beyond the walls of our church building.

Part of the
Exeter Coast and Country Circuit of the Methodist Church.

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Lent: Keep it simple

Expectant Hope

Is there a difference between expectant and anticipated hope. To expect is to have in mind something that is yet to happen, with a deep down assurance that it will become a reality. Anticipation on the other hand can lead some to get ahead the actual happening or revelation and determine an outcome of our own design.

In 1 Peter 1:13 we read, “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.” In the original Greek, the word translated as “alert”  is a term describing physical preparation. It derives from a common practice in the ancient Near East: people gathering up their long outer garment and tucking it in to prepare for physical action, be they farmers heading out to the fields, soldiers going off to battle, or runners girding up their clothing to race without hindrance.

Today, hope is most often thought of as a grown-up version of wishing. This is why, when our hopes seem a bit too outlandish, we may call them “wishful thinking.” But Christin hope is not wishful thinking. Christian hope is an expectant leap forward.  We take action, We live in the motion.  In the Message, Eugene Peterson render the beginning of 1 Peter 1:12 this way: “So roll up your sleeves/“ Christian hope is about rolling up our sleeves and getting to work, It’s a blue-collar sort of hope, making us ready and willing to get our hands dirty to labour and toil our way toward expectation and promise. 

Charles Wesley’s hymn continues in this way.

3.Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees

And looks to that alone;

Laughs at impossibilities,

And cries--It shall be done!

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