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The Joy Of The Lord

March 12, 2016 Pastor: Luke Sanders Series: Guest Speaker

Topic: Joy Scripture: Nehemiah 8:10–8:10

Nehemiah 8:10 – “Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

1) There can be no pleasure greater than fellowship with God.
a. Earthly pleasures are in a state of constant change
b. Earthly pleasures pass away
c. Without Eternity’s perspective, earthly pleasures occupy more of our lives while satisfying us less

2) The Gospel empowers us to be irrationally joyful
a. Rejoice especially in Suffering

3) True joy is found in the Eternal, and the Eternal is personal
a. God has put Eternity into our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
b. Community and Relationship are at the heart of existence

Take Away: Let the world see in you the kind of limitless joy that comes only from the Lord. Be overcome by God’s beauty. Rejoice in His wonder, and in time the world will rejoice with you.

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