The origin of the word hope is not clearly established. However, many believe that that it came from the old English words ‘hopa’ and ‘hopian’.
‘Hopian’ means “to have trust, have confidence; assume confidently or trust”. Similarly, the late Old English noun ‘hopa’ means “confidence in the future”.
Biblical hope not only desires something good to happen in the future – it expects confidently for it to happen. For us christians, hope is the confident expectation of the blessings promised by Our Lord and Savior. By His death on the cross, all our sins are paid for. Whoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). We hope for His mercy and salvation.
In Psalm 42:5, the psalmist says “Put your hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God”. “Hope in God” doesn’t mean “Cross your fingers and wait for the results”. It means to be certain and expect great things from God. Hope means that our past sins don’t limit our future. A lot of times our past shame, misgivings, actions, words and regret keeps us moored in sin and suffering. We should be able to cut free by repenting our sins and receiving Jesus Christ in our hearts. Jesus has the power to transform us, cleanse us, redeem us, set us free from all bonding and anguish. This is the essence of christian hope.
The power of the Holy Spirit makes us “overflow in hope” (Rom 15:13)
It’s in this hope that we were saved (Rom. 8:24)
Titus 2:13 says “While we wait for the blessed hope – the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
Our world is desperate for hope and we, as christians, are called to share that hope.
1 Corinthians 14:26 says, “When you come together, each one has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up”
We aspire to be a traditional Malayalam CSI church that is not shy to embrace modern thoughts.
CSI Synods’s website (https://www.csisynod.com/csi-synod-logo.php) reveals the true meaning of the CSI logo. “The imposing central position of the cross in the logo conveys the idea that the indefatigable, selfless supreme sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is the basis of the church and its faith. The cross runs through the lotus depicting its cleansing act working in the hearts of the members of the church and restoring them to the pristine purity of heaven.”
Romans 15:13 says that our God is a “God of hope” and that is the reason why our church is firmly rooted in that hope – a hope of purpose, freedom, victory and a glorious restoration.
It is transparent to us that Jesus Christ is our hope who through his selfless death on the cross promised us salvation and eternal life. It is also transparent that we are called to come together to worship and glorify Him.
We are the Church of Jesus Christ.We are the CSI Church of Hope (Malayalam).
CSI Church of Hope, Sarjapur Road
PHONE - 9538728589