The Ultimate Joy Killer

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choose joy promo 02Last weekend’s point is a challenge for me. I have tripped over its truths many times and needed to relearn them and sink them deeper. From a young age I have always been driven to work at getting better, doing better, being better. There is part of that which is good, but the problem is that it tends to make our joy leak even faster than normal. It can take us from a holy discontent with ourselves to an unholy discontent with life in general. It an push Jesus to the fringe of life while we run without Him trying to make life work.

How do we recognize & avoid the most common joy killer?

In Philippians 3, Paul calls believers to REJOICE IN JESUS while resisting the temptation to trust their status or accomplishment for being right with God because that comes only through genuine exclusive in Jesus.

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Find Joy Serving Jesus?

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measuring constructionIt is pretty common for those who take the risk of embracing Jesus’ mission to experience disappointment, difficulty and discouragement. Often we set out with plans and hopes of how things will go but very quickly run into challenges, and surprises that change our direction and the final outcomes. If we aren’t careful it takes the joy right out of our walk with Christ and for some causes us to question whether we should have stepped on the field to begin with.

Last weekend’s lesson developed four keys to experiencing joy in our service to Jesus no matter the obstacles or outcomes. Here are the main points:

1. Let Jesus Develop Your Heart for Others. Phil 2:19-20 & 25-26

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Living Out Joy

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boxing gloves coupleIn the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan powerfully and graphically imagines what the D-Day invasion must have been like. People falling all over the beach in the water. That is what is going on spiritually around each of us.

People are dying spiritually all around us. How are we going to impact them? How can we best help others discover a deepening relationship with Jesus? How does what we do together & how we relate together accomplish that? ANSWER: We must live out the gospel sacrificially in our daily lives with faith that keeps us from grumbling and arguing in ways that hurt the gospel. Last weekend’s lesson focused on three important ways we do that.

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Finding Sharable Joy

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familyLast week’s message wrestled with how to choose joy in a way the makes it more likely for those around us while taking our own joy even deeper?

Like it or not our environment impacts us more than we realize. Perhaps more than we would like to admit. We all long for more joyful days, but they still seem so rare. That is what this series is about. If you are waiting for joy to just happen to you it will be a long disappointing wait. But if you learn to choose joy, not only can you experience it no matter your situation, your choice can also spill over to impact others. Here are three steps to make it more likely.

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