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
7 Go, eat your bread with joy,
And drink your wine with a merry heart;
For God has already accepted your works.
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”