Date: July 19, 2015
Series: The Fruit of the Spirit
Teacher: Jacob Bender
scriptures: John 16:20-22, John 16:16, James 1:2-4, Nehemiah 8:10, John 8:58, Philippians 4:11, Galatians 5, Philippians 1:21, Proverbs 10:28, 1 Thessalonians 4:13, Luke 22:14-20, Hebrews 12:2, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
What is Joy?
It is the Greek word Chara (har-a) and at the surface it means to be exceedingly glad. But it is not just happiness on steroids… Happiness is external and fleeting, Joy is internal and constant. It can’t be taken from you. Joy is not circumstantial. Just like the mother having a baby… it cant be stopped if you have the Spirit. There is no way it will not come if you are in Jesus.
What brings Joy?
Proverbs 10:28 says “The Hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectations of the wicked will perish.”
HOPE. Hope brings joy. The hope of the righteous. The hope that there really is so much more out there than this dying earthly kingdom that we are in but not of.