Today at Real Hope in Christ we share the message from Pastor Justin Miller:

Saints & Struggles | The Apostle Paul

Welcome to Real Hope In Christ – We’re Glad You’re Here



This is our worship service for Sunday, 8-29-2021.


Countdown to Worship
“Way Maker,”
Michael W. Smith.


First Worship Offering
“Dead Man Walking,” Jeremy Camp.


Second Worship Offering
“Truth Be Told,” Matthew West & Carly Pearce.


Third Worship Offering
“So Will I 100 Billion Times,” Hillsong United.


Communion Service
Dana Smith.
“Is He Worthy,” Chris Tomlin.


Today’s message:

Saints & Struggles: The Apostle Paul,
Pastor Justin Miller


Closing Prayer: Ken Smith.

Sermon Notes
Saints & Struggles | The Apostle Paul
Pastor Justin Miller


To be a Saint is to be in the Struggle.


The struggle is real and it is part of God’s plan.


2 Corinthians 11:24-27 New International Version
Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.

The struggle is real so we have to expect it.

We can’t let our struggle shape our faith rather our faith should shape our struggle.


 2 Corinthians 12:7-8 New International Version
Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.


When we focus on the “what” of the struggle we miss the what for. Truth is there is always a purpose for whatever pain comes our way.

1. There is purpose for my pain.
We all have pain. We don’t go through pain to suffer; we go through it to learn and grow from it.

Hebrews 12:11 New International Version

11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.


1 Peter 4:1 New International Version
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.


God saves us through our struggle. Instead of asking God why we should ask Him how?


2. There is promise in our pain. Don’t just look for the purpose – look for God’s promise.


God will give you everything you need. God’s power never runs out.


God’s Grace is always enough.


2 Corinthians 12:9 New International Version

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.


3. God will never give you more than He can handle.


Don’t just go through the struggle but use it- grow through the struggle.


2 Corinthians 12:10 New International Version

10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.


Through his struggle Paul found strength and freedom not by fighting but by surrendering and following the Lord.


God is for us. His Grace will always be enough.


Receive the Grace that God has ready and wants to give to you.

Never forget, God is in you and with you always. He will never forget you, He will never turn away. He is listening and always, God Loves You No Matter What!

The week of 8-29-21through 9-5-21

Wednesday, September 1st, Not Your Mama’s Bible Study presents J.D. Greear

The Book of Ephesians

Has it ever dawned on you that nothing has ever dawned on God? He knew before the world began that His people would face hardship, so He gave us His Word. The Book of Ephesians is a survival manual—it equips believers to thrive in a world that hates the message of Jesus Christ. Paul the Apostle writes to encourage believers to live well—we’ve been lifted from the graveyard of sin and called to shout the gospel into the darkened world.

Pastor and author J.D. Greear walks through the powerful words of Paul. In 9 sessions, J.D. digs into the text of Ephesians verse-by-verse and challenges believers to live out the gospel. If the people of your city, of your school, of your family are going to hear the gospel, it’s going to be from your mouth. Encounter Ephesians, and get swept up into the story of Jesus.

Complimentary dinner starts at 6pm, study starts at 6:30.  Be our guest.


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We thank you for joining with us in worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We hope that you enjoyed our service today and encourage you seek God in everything that you do. At Real Hope In Christ our purpose is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our mind.

Our focus begins with all the people of Citrus County and by the Grace of God we will:
together to worship and celebrate God,
in our knowledge and faith,
in love and,
out into the world to shine brightly with the light of salvation from our Savior Jesus Christ and tell the world what we know is true;
God Loves You No Matter What!

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