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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

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
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.
slide3
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.
the joy of knowing you re saved
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)
the joy of knowing your brethren are there for you
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)
the joy of having the peace of god within you
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)
conclusion
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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