Sunday 10.30.16 (the joy of salvation)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at Zechariah 8 and see how God desires that his people be a joyful people. Then on Sunday evening we’ll continue our video study The Gospel in a World of Religions. Hope to see you there!

Sunday Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm The Gospel in a World of Religions study

Sermon Notes
The Joy of Salvation ~ Zechariah 8:18-23

  • God’s concern for joy: He wants his people to be happy in him (8:18-23)
    • Fasting represents mourning; feasting represents joyful celebration (8:18-19)
    • God desires for his own glory includes his desire for his people’s joy (Psalm 5:11-12, John 17:13, etc.)
    • Because joy celebrates God’s goodness and grace (8:20-21)
    • Because joy provides a witness to the world (8:22-23)
  • How do we grow in joy?
    • We ponder our salvation in Christ (8:1-8)
    • We hear the word and promises of the Lord (8:9-13)
    • We do good to and serve other people (8:15-17)
  • What do we do when we struggle with joy?
    • Remember that we live in a sin-corrupted world which cannot sustain our joy and hope
    • Deal with the physical causes that you can (take a break, a vacation, a nap; adjust your schedule; see a doctor)
    • Deal with the spiritual causes as able (Psalm 51, Psalm 42)

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