In our sixth and final instalment of the defiant joy teaching series we have Lizzie and Johnny sharing about joy as a fruit of the spirit. We have Emma-Jane sharing an all age segment with additional resources here for youth and children. Steve B is also sharing a faith story this Sunday.
Lizzie's big ideas are...
Joy – is it a gift or fruit of the Spirit?
Where are you walking in life?
Do we have the freedom to sin?
Is your faith secure in God?
How we can have joy even in suffering?
Where is your strength?
Joy is spiritual warfare
Look at the bigger picture; joy beyond this life!
Evidence of God’s kingdom
We are His joy, He is ours!
Joy beyond death
Jesus is our Joy
As it says in Romans 14v17, 'For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit'.
There is nothing on earth so transforming as a Church in love.
Joy is peace, dancing & peace is joy, resting
Galatians 5:16-17, Live freely, animated and motivated by God's spirit
We don't always feel joy in God, but by faith we can tell ourselves that He is our joy
George Muller, "The first great and primary business to which I attend every day is to have my soul happy in the Lord"
CS Lewis, "Joy is the serious business of heaven".
If you are healthy you will bear fruit; the fruit of good works.
Beware of the sap-suckers, the things that spoil and erode your joy in God!
Know these, name these and have a plan!
Worry is me-centred rather than God-focussed!
Joy helps us prove daily that God is our enough!
Joy is Aslan's doing!
Questions for personal or Life Group use:
1. In what areas do you feel that you:
Experience joy easily
Have to be intentional about accessing joy
Lose your joy - what’s the main ‘joy thief’ in your life – how can you work with Holy Spirit to change that?
2. Thinking of injustice, corruption, exploitation in the world, how can these things can be combatted in practical terms through believers walking in defiant joy, love and peace etc?
3. Has this series stimulated you to view Jesus in a different way – if so, how, and what difference has it made?
4. Looking at Galatians 5:16-17, do we find it hard live our lives distinctively - if so why? What has made it easier.
5. What has challenged you, and what are you, by God’s grace, hoping to do about it?
6. What does the phrase ‘The joy of the Lord is your strength’ mean to you. In what ways, if any, has the joy of the Lord made a difference to your ability to cope with difficult situations? 7. Name one of the sap-suckers, the things that spoil and erode your joy in God!? What is a solid plan against this spoiling and loss?
8. How does the verse in Zephaniah 3:17 tell us what the Father God, Son and Holy Spirit ‘rejoice over us with singing’ make you feel, and why?
9. What are the three takeaways for you in this Defiant Joy series?