Grace Community Church

Our Battle for Joy

Given on December 20, 2020 by Brett Helvie
Scripture: Luke 2: 8-11
Sermon Series: Freedom to Worship

Is it realistic to think that we can live with joy in the midst of our very broken world – which has been especially evident in 2020? Is God asking too much of us when he commands us to rejoice always (Phil 4:4; I Thes 5:16)? How can Jesus be a “man of sorrows” (Isa 53:3) and full of joy (John 15:11)? Are joy and sorrow mutually exclusive in a believer’s life?
“In his presence is fullness of joy!” What practices have you found helpful in reminding you that Jesus’ presence is constantly with you? What aspects of daily life in our culture cause you to forget that he is there?
“The enjoyment of the world is more than the enjoyment of the world. It is an encounter with the One who made the world, is everywhere present in it, and reveals himself through it.”
What can you do to cultivate gratitude for the many pleasures and good material gifts God has given? How can we tell when God’s good gifts are in danger of becoming “idols” in our lives? How is what you are allowing your mind to feed on impacting your experience of joy in the Lord? Are there any mental inputs that you feel the Lord wants you to eliminate or curtail in order to focus more on those things that are excellent and praiseworthy? Phil 4:8