Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't Enough
Topic: Advent and Christmas Verse: Luke 2:8–2:20
The Gospel message is for ALL PEOPLE, EVERYWHERE, and AT ALL TIMES.
Why the shepherds?
* LOWEST standing in society
* Their word was not accepted in COURT.
* Longest period of purification before they could ENTER THE TEMPLE.
How God speaks to us:
Magi - THROUGH THE STARS
Religious leaders of Israel - THROUGH THE SCRIPTURES
Mary - THROUGH AN ANGEL
Joseph - THROUGH A DREAM
Shepherds - ANGELS AND A CHOIR
This announcement is for EVERYONE.
When we don’t share this GOOD NEWS with others, we NEGATE the Angel’s message.
THE FOUNDATION OF JOY
- results from our EMBRACING divinely revealed truth
- results from CONFIDENCE in our identity as GOD’s CHILDREN
- results from WITNESSING God’s majestic works
- results from SEEING the fulfillment of God’s promises
- results from POSSESSING things of INFINITE value because of our UNION with Christ
- is the COMPANION of Faith
“Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough” - Kay Warren