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Summary: Finding Joy in knowing God

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INTRO

This morning we’re going to talk about what it means to know God and be joyous in knowing the Lord. So, without any further delay, let’s open our bibles and be encouraged by God’s beautiful Word. Please turn to Philippians Chapter Three.

REJOICE -- JOY IN OUR SALVATION

 SIDE NOTE: Encourage the congregation to bring their bibles each week.

 ----- PAUSE ----- Okay… let’s dig-in.

 Let’s start by reading V.1. I love how Paul starts this out —with a word of encouragement: He said, “Finally, my brothers — [and let me bracket, sisters as well] — rejoice in the Lord!”

 Talk about the difference between happiness and joy: Happiness is an emotional response based on an external event; where as Joy is an attitude of the heart,

 Happiness: Homecoming events

 Lack of Joy: Lady at Top of China buffet with hard-pressed grimace on her face.

 Lake this lady, so often these days lots of people walk around looking like they’re down-in-the-dumps. But we, can choose otherwise; we can choose to live with joy

 But we first must have that joy within us.

 An Irish monk wrote, “Joy is the echo of God’s life in us."

 Talk about Christian Joy -- the Joy of our salvation

 I love this word, rejoice. It means two things, two have personally joy, and to give joy.

 To give, means we first must have.

 Joy is a gift from God. He’s put his joy within us through his Holy Spirit when we accepted Jesus’ free gift of salvation.

 Jesus died on the cross for our sins.

 Jesus died to give us his joy. Jesus died to share his joy with us.

 Mark Twain wrote, “Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy, you must have somebody to divide it with."

 Twain’s words really sum up the meaning of Christian joy.

 He’s put his joy in there for us to share with others -- for us to give away. Ya know, God really wants us to give our joy away.

 By having fellowship with him, our joy is made complete. The Apostle John wrote: “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.” (1 Jn 1:3–4).

 But, sometimes we need a refill. Talk about refilling our tank:

 Reading God’s word each day

 Christians fellowship: Sunday worship, Bible studies, and things quilting and Food, Fun and Film

 Singing and praising God:

 Talk about my time this week waking up and singing the Psalm 51 liturgy that I remember so fondly from my youth.

• Ya know what, let’s rejoice and sing it together. If you don’t remember the words, that’s okay; humming it would be just fine too.

• SING PSALM 51 LITURGY

 What’s particularly meaning for me is V.12 of David’s Psalm: “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”


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