DonÕt Forget The Joy

Outline By: Brian A. Yeager

(http://www.wordsoftruth.net)

 

I. Introduction:

A. Sorrow can swallow you up (II Corinthians 2:7).

1. Sorrow impacts your heart negatively (Proverbs 12:25 and Proverbs 15:13).

2. Sorrow dries the bones (Proverbs 17:22).

B. No, life is not always butterflies, sunshine, and smiles (II Corinthians 4:8-10 and II Corinthians 7:5).

1. There are some cases wherein we should be sad (Ecclesiastes 7:1-6).

2. Sorrow is a definite part of life (Psalms 90:10), but it is not what our being is about in Christ (Psalms 144:15 and Proverbs 16:20).

 

II. Body: Christians Have An Unspeakable Joy (I Peter 1:3-9).

A. Joy because of our lively hope (Romans 8:24-25).

1. Sorrow exists in the absence of hope (I Thessalonians 4:13).

2. Hope is a cause for rejoicing (Romans 12:12).

a. The hope we have is made known through the Gospel (Colossians 1:23).

b. Our hope is because of God (II Thessalonians 2:16).

3. Our hope is in what is to come (I Corinthians 15:12-23; cf. I Peter 1:13).

B. Joy because of our inheritance that is incorruptible (Ephesians 1:18-19 and Colossians 1:12-13).

1. There is an inheritance that causes sorrow (Luke 13:23-28).

2. How can you not be happy when you consider Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us (John 14:1-3)?

a. Look at how great we have life now (Psalms 68:19).

i. WeÕre [Christians] loved by God (I John 3:1-2).

ii. WeÕre loved by brethren (I Peter 2:22).

iii. We are, all things considered, even blessed materially (Ecclesiastes 2:24; 3:13).

b. Consider the handywork of God in this earth (Psalms 19:1).

c. Yet, what is to come is better (Hebrews 11:16; 40).  DoesnÕt that bring joy to you???

C. Joy because what we face here and now is temporary (II Corinthians 4:14-5:1).

1. Yes, suffering is a part of life (I Peter 5:10).

2. What is to come though – itÕs eternal (I John 2:25).

 

III. Conclusion: LetÕs be the people that feast on life (Proverbs 15:15) and rejoice in the hope of eternity (Romans 5:2).

 

 

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