Sermon Notes: Joy

22 09 2014

I blogged on a sermon on joy a few months ago, that was from my church. Yesterday I was visiting my parents church and that was the sermon topic again! Enjoy…

We looked a 1 Peter 1, but opened with an analogy from Derek Prince:

“One way to bring the difference into focus is to picture a Christmas tree and an apple tree. A Christmas tree bears gifts; an apple tree bears fruit. A gift is both attached to a Christmas tree and removed from it by a single, brief act. There is no direct connection between the tree and the gift: one may be a garment, the other a fir tree. The gift tells us nothing about the nature of the tree from which it is taken.
On the other hand, there is a direct connection between an apple and the tree that bears it. The nature of the tree determines the nature of the fruit—both its kind and its quality. An apple tree can never bear an orange. A healthy tree will never bear unhealthy fruit (see Matthew 7:17–20). The fruit on the apple tree is not produced by a single act, but is the result of a steady, continuing process of growth and development. To produce the best fruit, the tree must be carefully cultivated. This requires time, skill and labour.”

We can’t pick and choose our fruits, Galatians 5v22 says “fruit is” not “fruit are”.

Gifts express ability, fruit expresses character. Gifts can be for a time, character goes into eternity.

People sometimes accuse Christians of being miserable and joyless – they should visit a housegroup and see the laughter there!

Children run to those full of joy, not misery.

“Many of us have only dipped our toes in the ocean of joy He has for us” – Adrian Warnock. He came so that we could have life to the full – John 10v10

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
– John 15vv1-4,11

“Happiness comes from happenings, Joy comes from Jesus” – John Parker

We express joy well at a goal in football, why don’t we otherwise?

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” – Psalms 16v11

“Sing, Daughter Zion;
shout aloud, Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
Daughter Jerusalem!
The Lord has taken away your punishment,
he has turned back your enemy.
The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you;
never again will you fear any harm.
On that day
they will say to Jerusalem,
“Do not fear, Zion;
do not let your hands hang limp.
The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.””
– Zephaniah 3vv14-17

We don’t tend to think of God as singing

What we have in Christ is better than anything you’ll see on Match Of The Day.

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