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[Joyfest] Living Joy

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Living Joy

As it was the Sunday after Joyfest, Dave talked about how we find joy – a Living Joy that is alive in us and gives us life.

He started by talking about how we understand the word joy:

  • How would you define “Joy”? Is it different from happiness?  If so, how and why?
  • When have you felt joyful? What sort of experiences produce joy?

 

Dave looked at 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

He connected these three ideas of Paul’s by saying we get Joy through prayer through thankfulness.

THANKFULNESS

Dave talked about thankfulness is being able to see good things in our lives even when times are tough.

  • Paul says be thankful in all circumstances, not for all circumstances
    • What is the significance of this? How is it hard to be thankful in certain circumstances?
    • Is there an area of your life where you’re struggling to be thankful at this moment?
  • Some people find it easier than others to see good things even in dark moments. Does your personality, experiences and/or mindset help or hinder you doing this?
  • How can you practice to be thankful

 

PRAYER

Rather than the traditional idea of prayer, Dave talked about how prayer is expressing our moment by moment thankfulness to God, even in the mundane.

  • How do you tend to communicate to God? Is it in set moments or in the background as you go about your life?
    • One is not right and the other wrong. I think we need both. They both have their strengths but also their weaknesses. What might these strengths and weaknesses be?
    • What could you do to better balance your prayers?
  • How could you remind yourself, in your day-to-day life, to interact with God in thankfulness about the mundane and everyday things?
    • What practical step could you take?

 

JOY

Paul tells us to joyful all the time.  Thanksgiving and prayer are key elements of this. They allow us to move from a mindset of scarcity into seeing the world as abundant and so we learn to increasingly trust in God.

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Posted on 11th June 2018
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