Good News, Great Joy – Dec 14th, 2014

“Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’”
Luke 2:10-11 NKJV

I. Christmas joy is accessible.
A. Great joy that will be to all people. (Luke 2:10-11).
For God so loved the world…
B. That your joy may be full. (John 16:16-24).
The gift of Christ’s joy is perfect joy.
C. Count it all joy. (James 1:2-8).
Perfect joy is not a prisoner of circumstance.

II. Christmas joy is eternal.
A. For the joy that was set before Him. (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Christ’s joy sees the victory in the midst of the battle.
B. Joy is not hiding. (Philippians 3-4:1).
Joy is about changing perspective, not situation.
C. Joy inexpressible. (I Peter 1:6-9).
Perfect joy is not subject to the confines of time.

III. Christmas joy is illuminating.
A. The joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:9-10)
The opposite of that is building your strength in order to find joy.
B. That My joy may remain in you. (John 15:9-11)
Obedience is a perquisite to experiencing perfect joy.
C. The one for whom Christ died. (Romans 14:14-18)
Walking in joy sanctifies us from darkness.
3 John 2-4

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