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Sermon Series ~ Capturing Joy

Part 4: Joy in Prayer

 

Introduction

A. Prayer is important for our spiritual lives, but a challenge

B. God wants prayer to be an experience of joy        

            

I. Prayer brings us into the presence of God where there is joy  (Psalm 16:11)

A. Since God is present everywhere, being “in” God’s presence means to be conscience of His presence

B. Prayer is

1. Removing ourselves from other distractions

2. Focusing on God alone (Psalm 4:6b-7)

3. It can be difficult at first, but grows to be a joy

 

II. Prayer lifts problems from our shoulders, so we can have joy

(1 Peter 5:7)

A. Life can be a weight

B. In prayer we lay these on God who is absolutely competent to handle them all

1. Sometimes we struggle to let go of our problems

2. Even when we give them to God we still want to keep a finger on them

3. Faith trusts God enough to let go completely

 

III. Prayer provides what we need, so our joy can be full (John 16:24)

Conclusion

You cannot have joy without prayer!

 


Part 3: Joy in Trials

 

Introduction

A. One of the paradoxes of our faith is that every trial can be turned into a joy by the Holy Spirit

B. Even in the worst situations, God is at work      


             

I.  We have joy because great is our reward in heaven (Matthew 5:11-12; Luke 6:23)

A. This became very personal in the life of the disciples

1. Jewish leaders beat them for preaching the gospel

2 .Acts 5:41 records their response—they rejoiced

3. They believed 1 Peter 1:3-6 was true

B. We have to take a short look at the problem and a long look at the future

1. We don’t deny the pain

2. We recognize that many problems we did not bring on ourselves (Job 14:1)

3. But we remember how bright our future is (Romans 8:18)


 

II. We have joy because of the results produced in our lives

A. Character (Romans 5:3-5)

B. Genuineness (1 Peter 1:7)

1. Genuineness=not spurious or counterfeit, authentic

2. Parable of the sower (Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23)

3. If you want to know if you are a genuine believer, look at how you react to struggles, pains, and irritations


 

Conclusion—2 Corinthians 7:4

 


Part 2: Jesus, Man of Joy (October 6, 2019)

 

 

Introduction

A. When you picture Jesus in your mind, what expression does he have on his face?    

B. Jesus was a man of joy                       

C. Let’s think about what produced joy in his life

 

I. Joy in God’s redemption (Luke 10:17-21)

A. Jesus embraces the joy of the disciples

1. That the gospel triumphs over Satan

2. But he warns the disciples not to find their joy in supernatural experiences

B. Jesus found joy in seeing the plan of God worked out in the world

 

II. Joy in God’s fellowship (John 15:9-11)

A. Jesus is giving his final instructions to the disciples

B. He shows the disciples how much he loves them (John 13:1)

C. The result of this love relationship is joy (John 15:11)

 

III. Joy in God’s goals (Hebrews 12:2)

A. Writer of Hebrews is encouraging Christians to remain faithful despite opposition and difficulties

B. Jesus is the example of enduring short-term pain for the sake of long-term joy

 

Conclusion

A. Jesus was a man of joy because he focused on God’s goals

B. Is this the source of our joy as well?



Part 1: Let There Be Joy (September 29, 2019)

 

Introduction

A. Everybody wants to be happy          

B. Is this pursuit of happiness wrong?

1. Our hope as believers is for future happiness

2. The problem is not the goal, but the means we use to get to that goal             

C. The Bible is a book of joy

“There is not in the New Testament from beginning to end…a single word of despondency or gloom. It is the most buoyant, exhilarating and joyful book in the world.” (James Denny)


I. The command to joy

A. We are commanded to be joyful

1. Psalm 37:4

2. Philippians 4:4

3. 1 Thessalonians 5:16

B. This means failure to do so is sin

C. Joy is a virtue to be cultivated

 

II. The sources of joy

A. The work of Christ for us in the past (Luke 2:10; Acts 16:34)

B. The work of Christ for us in the present (Matthew 28:20)

C. The future home Christ has for us (Luke 6:23)

 

Conclusion

Is your Christianity an experience of joy?