Choose Joy part 1

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Sermon - 2 June 2013
by Bruce McCallum

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Choose Joy part 1

  1. 1. “Happiness isnt something that depends on oursurroundings...Its something we make insideourselves.” ― Corrie ten Boom“You ought to live your life with such freedom and joythat uptight Christians will doubt your salvation.” ―Steve Brown
  2. 2. “A Christian should be an Alleluia from head to foot”― Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD)“Deep, contended joy comes from a place of completesecurity and confidence [in God] - even in the midst oftrial.” ― Charles R. Swindoll
  3. 3. “Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but tooweak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling aboutwith drink and sex and ambition, when infinite joy isoffered to us, like an ignorant child who wants to goon making mud pies in the slum because he cannotimagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at thesea. We are far too easily pleased.” - C.S. Lewis.
  4. 4. Phil 1:44 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joyPhilippians 1:18-19 (NIV)18 But what does it matter? The important thing isthat in every way, whether from false motives or true,Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes,and I will continue to rejoice,
  5. 5. Philippians 1:25-2625 … and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my beingwith you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflowon account of me.Philippians 2:1-3 (NIV)1 If you have any encouragement from being unitedwith Christ, if any comfort from his love, if anyfellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness andcompassion, 2 then make my joy complete by beinglike-minded, having the same love, being one in spiritand purpose.
  6. 6. Phil 2:17-18I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you tooshould be glad and rejoice with me.Phil 2:2929 Welcome him in the Lord with great joy,Phil 3:11 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord!
  7. 7. Philippians 4:44 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!10 I rejoice greatly in the Lord …
  8. 8. Phil 1:44 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy
  9. 9. Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecterof our faith, who for the joy set before him enduredthe cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at theright hand of the throne of God.
  10. 10. Matthew 25:21 (ESV)21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithfulservant. You have been faithful over a little; I will setyou over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
  11. 11. Job 9:27 (NIV)27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will change myexpression, and smile,
  12. 12. BECAUSE OF JESUSWE FIGHT FROM VICTORY – NOT FOR VICTORYWE PRAY FROM HEAVEN DOWN – NOT THE EARTH UP
  13. 13. • Adoration - ‘our Father in heaven’We thank God for his goodnessWe praise God for His greatnessWe worship God for His holiness
  14. 14. • Adoration - ‘our Father in heaven’• Consecration - ‘Holy be your name’• Intercession - ‘your kingdom come, Your will be done, On earth asit is in heaven’• Infilling - Give us this day our daily bread’• Cleansing - And forgive us our sins, As we forgive those who sinagainst us• Spiritual Warfare - And do not lead us into temptation, Butdeliver us from the evil one• Declaration - For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the gloryforever. Amen
  15. 15. Philippians 1:16-19 (NIV)16 The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put herefor the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preachChrist out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposingthat they can stir up trouble for me while I am inchains. 18 But what does it matter? The importantthing is that in every way, whether from false motivesor true, Christ is preached. And because of this Irejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I knowthat through your prayers and the help given by theSpirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me willturn out for my deliverance.
  16. 16. Joy is not the absence of trouble, butthe presence of God.
  17. 17. Phil 1:25-2625 … and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my beingwith you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflowon account of me.
  18. 18. In the world, rejoicing comes out of joy.In the kingdom of God, joy comes out ofrejoicing.
  19. 19. Being joyful is not a matter of personality– it is a godly mindset.

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