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  1. A Meditation on Joy

  2. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  3. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  4. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • “The Pauline triad of healthy Christian experience” (see Rom. 14:17; Gal. 5:22) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  5. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • “The Pauline triad of healthy Christian experience” (see Rom. 14:17; Gal. 5:22) • Key ways we experience God’s love (see Rom. 5:5; 8:16,17) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  6. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE BECAUSE GOD’S SPIRIT IS ALL-POWERFUL May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  7. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE BECAUSE GOD’S SPIRIT IS ALL-POWERFUL • The Spirit does not normally manifest his power by removing our sufferings - but by giving us spiritual buoyancy May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  8. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE BECAUSE GOD’S SPIRIT IS ALL-POWERFUL • “Do I really believe this – or do I ascribe greater power to my sufferings?”

  9. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS ESSENTIAL BECAUSE GOD’S REPUTATION IS AT STAKE May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  10. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS ESSENTIAL BECAUSE GOD’S REPUTATION IS AT STAKE Live in such harmony with one another . . . that together you may with one voice glorify . . . Jesus . . . Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God . . . in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  11. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS ESSENTIAL BECAUSE GOD’S REPUTATION IS AT STAKE • Joy is crucial in drawing others to Christ

  12. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS ESSENTIAL BECAUSE GOD’S REPUTATION IS AT STAKE • Joy is crucial in drawing others to Christ Every day they . . . broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46,47)

  13. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS ESSENTIAL BECAUSE GOD’S REPUTATION IS AT STAKE • Joy is crucial in influencing other Christians to give their lives to Christ & his mission

  14. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS ESSENTIAL BECAUSE GOD’S REPUTATION IS AT STAKE • Joy is crucial in influencing other Christians to give their lives to Christ & his mission Even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.(Philippians 2:17,18)

  15. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS ESSENTIAL BECAUSE GOD’S REPUTATION IS AT STAKE • “Am I determined to fight for joy in my lifeso that others may be attracted to Christ?”

  16. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS ESSENTIAL BECAUSE GOD’S REPUTATION IS AT STAKE

  17. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS THE FRUIT OF ONGOING TRUST IN GOD May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  18. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS THE FRUIT OF ONGOING TRUST IN GOD • Cultivating a focus on the gospel of God’s grace (Rom. 1-11)

  19. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS THE FRUIT OF ONGOING TRUST IN GOD • Cultivating a focus on the gospel of God’s grace (Rom. 1-11) • See how Paul rejoices as he expounds the gospel in Rom. 5:1-11; 7:25; 11:33-36

  20. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS THE FRUIT OF ONGOING TRUST IN GOD • Cultivating a focus on the gospel of God’s grace (Rom. 1-11) COMMITMENT TO CHRIST GOSPEL BIRTH CONVERSION DEATH

  21. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS THE FRUIT OF ONGOING TRUST IN GOD • Cultivating a focus on the gospel of God’s grace (Rom. 1-11) G O SPEL GOSPEL BIRTH CONVERSION DEATH COMMITMENT TO CHRIST

  22. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS THE FRUIT OF ONGOING TRUST IN GOD • Cultivating a focus on the gospel of God’s grace (Rom. 1-11) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and counsel one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)

  23. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS THE FRUIT OF ONGOING TRUST IN GOD • Cultivating a focus on the gospel of God’s grace (Rom. 1-11) • QUALITY TEACHING & APPLICATION IN COMMUNITY • SING/LISTEN TO QUALITY SONGS • MEDITATE ON KEY PASSAGES • READ & DISCUSS QUALITY BOOKS

  24. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS THE FRUIT OF ONGOING TRUST IN GOD • Cultivating a focus on the gospel of God’s grace (Rom. 1-11) See especially Part 1: “Reasons to Rehearse the Gospel Daily”

  25. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS THE FRUIT OF ONGOING TRUST IN GOD • Cultivating a focus on the gospel of God’s grace (Rom. 1-11) • “Is the gospel the CENTRAL FOCUS of my spiritual life – or have I ‘moved on’ to other good things?”

  26. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS THE FRUIT OF ONGOING TRUST IN GOD • Cultivating a focus on the gospel of God’s grace (Rom. 1-11) • “Is the gospel the great TREASURE that I continually ‘mine’ – or the LIFE-PRESERVER that I reach for onlywhen things go badly?”

  27. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS THE FRUIT OF ONGOING TRUST IN GOD • Embracing a lifestyle of giving God’s love to others (Rom. 12-16)

  28. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS THE FRUIT OF ONGOING TRUST IN GOD • Embracing a lifestyle of giving God’s love to others (Rom. 12-16) Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God, got up from supper, and laid aside His garments . . . and began to wash the disciples’ feet . . . “If you know these things, you are truly happy if you do them.” (John 13:3-17)

  29. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS THE FRUIT OF ONGOING TRUST IN GOD • Embracing a lifestyle of giving God’s love to others (Rom. 12-16) • “Whose feet am I washing today, because I trust that Jesus’ love is enough for me?”

  30. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS THE FRUIT OF ONGOING TRUST IN GOD • Cultivating a focus on the gospel of God’s grace (Rom. 1-11) • Embracing a lifestyle of giving God’s love to others (Rom. 12-16) • This way of life will lead to joy - & also to the “bonus” joy of seeing others entrust themselves to Jesus

  31. A Meditation on JoyRomans 15:13 • JOY IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE BECAUSE GOD’S SPIRIT IS ALL-POWERFUL • JOY IS ESSENTIAL BECAUSE GOD’S REPUTATION IS AT STAKE • JOY IS THE FRUIT OF ONGOING TRUST IN GOD May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.