Sermon Notes May 7, 2023
When the Lord brought back the exiled captives,
We were like those who dreamed
We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy.
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are one happy people.
And now, God, do it again…
Bring back our captives, Lord
bring rains to our drought-stricken lives
Those who sow with tears
Will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out with weeping
Carrying seed to sow,
Will return with songs of joy
Carrying armloads of blessing!
1. Joy is Good for You.
2. Joy is God in You.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
THIEVES OF JOY:
Do everything without grumbling or arguing so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.
•What stood out to you from the message this week?
•How do you define joy?
•What have been the thieves of joy in your life?
•How has the joy of the Lord given you strength? Share an example.
•How do you cultivate joy in your life?