The Gift of Joy
December 16, 2012 Speaker: Series: Christmas Gifts
Topic: Advent and Christmas Verse: Romans 5:2–5:3
“The Gift of Joy”
Pastor Duane Cross | 12.16.2012
“Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.” Romans 5:2-3 (NLT)
“The angel said, ‘Don’t be afraid! I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone! Today your Savior was born...He is Christ, the Lord..Give glory to God in heaven, and on earth let there be peace among the people who please God.’” Luke 2:10-11,14 (NCV)
Accept the gift of Joy.
“I bring you the most joyful news ever announced.”
Speak the words of Joy.
“Joy begets joy. Laughter begets laughter. It is one of those things in life we multiply by giving.” - Richard Foster
Know the God of Joy.
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were yet sinners.” Romans 5:8 (NLT)
“In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.” Luke 15:10 (NLT)