God wants to help us all experience joy. Joy doesn’t come from the things that our culture says can make us happy. Joy is a very counter-cultural, renegade thing. Key Scripture: Philippians 4:4-7
Session 1: Joy in Humility
Big Idea: Joy doesn’t come from the things that our culture considers the basis of happiness. Joy comes from the experience of the humility and servanthood of Jesus for me and then living a life of humility and service in response to His humility and service on my behalf.
Session 2: Joy in Temptation
Big Idea: To experience joy, we all have to deal with two great joy-killers in our lives: the temptation to complain and the temptation to argue.
Session 3: Joy in Opposition
Big Idea: Joy is the deep satisfaction that comes from both what God has done for us and what God is doing through us as His servants. And the joy of serving God is something that never comes without setbacks and disappointments and sometimes flat out opposition.
Session 4: Joy in Suffering
Big Idea: Joy and pain can exist within the same space. That’s why Paul can say “always” and mean just that: “always”. Whatever suffering I am going through, how much I am suffering does not diminish my capacity for joy if it is the joy that is found in Christ: knowing Him, serving Him, relying on Him through prayer, and ultimately being raised with Him.
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