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INTRODUCTION

1. I suppose that we all have known Christian who go through life...

a. Looking like they were "weaned on a pickle"

b. Useless for any good work when things were going rough for them

2. But we have also known Christians who are the opposite...

a. Joyful, steadfast in doing good

b. Even though they are experiencing the same kind of hardships

3. Why the difference?

a. I believe that the joyful, steadfast Christian has found the

secret expressed in the Scriptures

b. One place this "secret" is found is in Ro 12:12...

Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant

in

prayer; (KJV)

[As we consider this verse, there are several observations we can

make.

First...]

I. THE JOYFUL LIFE IS BASED ON HOPE

A. MANY HAVE THE WRONG CONCEPT CONCERNING "JOY"...

1. That joy is a matter of personal temperament (one's

heredity)

2. That joy is a matter of circumstances (one's environment)

3. But how can that be when being joyful is enjoined upon us

all?

a. It is a command, a duty - 1 Th 5:16; Ph 4:4

b. Commanded even when things are rough - 1 Pe 4:13

B. TRUE JOY IS ABLE TO RISE ABOVE THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF LIFE...

1. Seen in the example of the Hebrews - He 10:34a

2. Also in the example of Christians in Asia Minor - 1 Pe 1:6

C. THIS IS BECAUSE THE KEY TO JOY IS "HOPE"...

1. Notice our text: "rejoicing IN HOPE"

2. It should be easy to see how hope is the source of joy in

our

lives...

a. A student, in hope of enjoying summer vacation, is happy

as

he thinks about it

b. Likewise, it was the strong hope of the Hebrews that gave

them joy despite the seizure of their property - He 10:34

c. Again, the source of the Christians' joy in Asia Minor

was

their hope of salvation - 1 Pe 1:5-6

D. TO BE JOYFUL IN LIFE, WE MUST HAVE HOPE!

1. If Christians are not joyful, it is because they are not

full

of hope!

a. And that is only because their minds are so preoccupied

with things of this life

b. Ie, they are just religious enough to be miserable!

2. If they spent more time contemplating the hope we have as

Christians, joy would automatically follow!

a. Of course, hope is based upon faith - He 11:1

b. And faith comes from the Word of God - Ro 10:17

c. But if people do not read the Word, their faith is weak,

their hope is shallow, and their joy is minimal

[But if we let God's Word produce the faith necessary for a strong

hope, then we too can have that joy which will help us no matter what

the circumstances.

This leads us back to our text, where we wish to make another

observation...]

II. A LIFE OF JOYFUL HOPE WILL BE PATIENT IN TRIBULATIONS

A. FIRST, LET'S DEFINE OUR TERMS...

1. "patient"

a. Means more than simply enduring, forbearing

b. It also takes in the thought of activity despite the

hardship

1) It is continuing to do good, regardless of the trials

2) Not just sitting there, refraining from doing

something

bad

2. "tribulations"

a. These could be trials suffered for the cause of Christ

b. Or those common to all (sickness, death, etc)

3. Paul is therefore talking about pressing on in doing good

despite hardships

B. THE KEY TO SUCH PATIENCE IS "JOYFUL HOPE"...


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Scott Turansky

commented on Feb 22, 2016

I like the simplicity of this sermon. It's clearly from God's Word, not a lot of hype, just letting God's Word speak. Well done!

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