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The Joy of Christianity Theme: No matter how difficult your situation may be, you can still be happy as a Christian. Acts 16:25-34
Introduction No doubt, faithful Christians encounter many trials as they endeavor to follow Christ. –COUNT the COST of discipleship. –Be faithful until death. –Endure the wrongs of this life.
In spite of all the toils and persecutions a faithful servant may endure, there is no greater joy than being a Christian because... –You know you’re saved. –You know your brethren are there for you. –The peace of God is within you. Introduction
The Joy of Knowing You’re Saved God sent His Son to assure that mankind could have this great joy. (Luke 2:8-11) Those saved through the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ will have great joy. –You know you’ve been delivered from the bondage of sin. (Romans 6:17, 22,23) –When you’re free from sin, you have divine protection. (Psalm 5:11; Romans 8:28)
Don’t be lulled into a false sense of joy. –Too many think they know they’ve been saved because they feel saved. (Acts 26:9-11) –This false sense of joy is NOT based on the revealed truth. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12) The Joy of Knowing You’re Saved
To truly have this type of joy: –One must know the message of truth. (Romans 10:17; John 8:24) –Receive that message with joy. (Matthew 13:20) –Then, arise out of the watery grave of baptism (like the eunuch and the Philippian jailer), knowing he is in Christ. (Acts 8:38,39; 16:25-34) The Joy of Knowing You’re Saved
The Joy of Knowing Your Brethren Are There for You You’re not alone! You’re a member of the body of the saved. (Acts 2:46,47; Romans 12:15; 1 Corinthians 12:25,26) –When you are hurting, your brethren are praying for you and sharing your burdens. –When you are being honored, your brethren are there rejoicing with you.
You forfeit this type of joy if: –You exclude members of Christ’s body from your life. (Galatians 6:1-5) –You do not strive to give yourself to helping others with their physical and spiritual needs. This also holds true for nonChristians. It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35) –Helping others is a great source of happiness. The Joy of Knowing Your Brethren Are There for You
You can have this type of joy: –If/when you allow your brethren (of this body) to become an integral part of your life. (Galatians 6:10) –If/when you strive to become an integral part of their lives. (1 John 3:17,18) The Joy of Knowing Your Brethren Are There for You
The Joy of Having the Peace of God Within You God’s peace will guard your heart/mind through Christ. (Philippians 4:6,7) –You must learn about this kind of peace (so you can know what it is). –You must receive it. –You must put it into practice.
God’s peace will guard your heart/mind through Christ. (Philippians 4:6,7) –This kind of PEACE is the culmination of the previous two points. The joy of knowing you’re saved. The joy of sharing intimate fellowship with your brethren. God’s peace MUST rule in our hearts. (Colossians 3:12-15) The Joy of Having the Peace of God Within You
Conclusion In spite of the toils, tribulations, and struggles you endure along the way, there is no greater joy than being a Christian. Would you like this JOY to be part of your life? –Obey the gospel. –Be an active and faithful member of Christ’s body. The joy will be there for the taking!