The Christian’s Joy

The Christian’s Joy

October 9th, 1988 @ 10:50 AM

John 15:11

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
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WHAT IS THE CHRISTIAN’S JOY?

Dr. W. A. Criswell

John 15:11

10-9-88

 

I.          Introduction

A.  Chara – "joy"

B.  Six variations used in the New Testament

      1.  Joy (Galatians 5:22, 1 Thessalonians 2:19)

      2.  To rejoice (Luke 15:5, 10, 32)

      3.  To show favor, forgive (Ephesians 4:32)

      4.  Charm, favor, grace (Luke 1:30, 2:40, 4:22)

      5.  A gift of grace, an undeserved favor (Romans 1:11, 6:23)

      6.  To be favored (Luke 1:28, Ephesians 1:4-6)

 

II.         Where can we find joy, peace and happiness?

A.  Unbelief?

B.  Carnal pleasure?

C.  Money?

D.  Fame?

E.  Military glory?

 

III.        Jesus speaks of joy

A.  Look at this Man (Matthew 8:20, 16:13, Jeremiah 9:1)

B.  Look at the occasion upon which He speaks

C.  What joy could He have? (Hebrews 10:7, 12:2)

 

IV.       This the joy Jesus gives to us

A.  Look at the outside things Jesus incidentally mentions (John 15:19-20, 16:2)

B.  The joy of Jesus not conditioned by the world (Acts 16:23-25, Philippians 4:11, Job 2:9, 1:21)

C.  My own personal experience