Summary: Christian Living

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Series: Be

Week: 2

Passage: Various

Title: Two Ways to Be Joyful

Focus: Christian Living

Introduction: The definition of “be” points to three basic factors: (1) identity, (2) quality and (3) condition of a person or thing. We push the “be” or “don’t be” all the time. For example, be happy, be grateful, be kind, be loving, etc. don’t be grumpy, don’t be selfish, etc. Last week was about “being” motivated to be...

• Strong (“Steadfast” - 1 Corinthians 15:58a)

• Steady (“Immovable” – 1 Corinthians 15:58b)

• Successful (“Abounding” – 1 Corinthians 15:58c)

If the goal of the Christian is to be like Christ, then we have some work to do not only in being motivated but also in being joyful.

Explanation of Joy: Two words are used for joy in the Hebrew OT meaning to be excited. In the NT Greek we see this same expression but with more intensity. Both OT and NT joy is used to as a mark for both an individual and the church as a whole. Being joyful is not just an emotion but a characteristic that is grounded in the attributes of God which we are to hold onto as we live in this life as well as when we are forever with Christ in the kingdom of heaven (Rev. 19:7). Two ways to be joyful…

#1: Participate in It (Old Testament)

• Explanation: In the OT the Israelites found joy in loud and noisy, almost ear-piercing ways because they could see God’s hand moving in all they did.

o They found joy in God’s salvation and the future to come

• “Like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10).

o They found joy in participating in presenting offerings and sacrifices.

• “Bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes… And you shall rejoice… in all that you undertake, in which the LORD your God has blessed you.” (Dt. 12:6-7)

o They found joy in participating in celebrating after wars had been won in the name of God.

• “The women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with songs of joy, and with musical instruments.” (1 Sa. 18:6).

o They found joy in their corporate worship

• “I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration!” (Psalm 42:4)

• Illustration: “Joy is the byproduct of obedience.” Anom

• Application: We too can find this same joy if we…

o Participate in God’s salvation and the future coming

• “Confess and believe” (Romans 10:9) for “the kingdom of God is at hand.” (Mark 1:15)

o Participate in presenting our offerings and sacrifices.

• “Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord… I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.” (Philippians 3:8)

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