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Sermon - JOY!
Text: Romans 15:13 
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
 that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Introduction - It is a great thing to experience the true Joy of being in Christ. 
An understanding of “Joy” in scripture is defined, 
“Joy – “Gladness in the Lord”. 
Circumstances do not determine Joy, it has foundation far deeper than emotions or environment. Happiness is a wonderful emotion, I vote for good clean fun always but Joy has its roots in God.

1 Peter 1: 8 – 9 gives us the reason of our Joy, faith in Christ,
 (“The hope of Glory).

 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

 Let us look at how “Joy – In Christ affects our walk with God”. 

I. Trials - The Development of Joy
James 1: 2 – 3
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

A.C S Lewis –“God shouts to us through pain”
B.Our spiritual march to completion includes trials and joy!

II. Worship – The Expression of Joy  
Psalm 100: 1- 2
Make a joyful shout to the Lord all you lands!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.

A.As we inwardly, upwardly and outwardly Praise our God
B.We worship through the Joy God provides in Him!

III. Assurance – The Result of Joy
  Ecclesiastes 9:7
7 Go, eat your bread with joy,
And drink your wine with a merry heart;
For God has already accepted your works.

 Proverbs 10:28
 28 The hope of the righteous will be gladness,
But the expectation of the wicked will perish.

A.In a world of uncertainties being “in Christ” is wonderful!
B.“On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand”

Conclusion – Colossians 2: 6 – 10 
6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

Thank you Lord for allowing us to live “in You”

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