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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.

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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


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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.


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Introduction

  • 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.


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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)


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The Joy of Knowing You’re Saved

  • Don’t be lulled into a false sense of joy.

    • Too many think they know they’ve been saved because theyfeel saved.(Acts 26:9-11)

    • This false sense of joy is NOT based on the revealed truth.(2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)


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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)


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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.


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The Joy of Knowing Your Brethren Are There for 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.


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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)


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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 receiveit.

    • You must put it into practice.


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The Joy of Having the Peace of God Within You

  • 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)


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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!


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