"Inexpressible and Glorious Joy" - Easter 2018

SERMON NOTES:  

Joy and Easter just go together!

What would it be like to live with Joy that is inexpressible and glorious? 

Matthew 28 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”  8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

1 Peter 13 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead……
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8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 

Inexpressible and glorious Joy…

·         Flows from this “new birth into a living hope” life secured by the resurrection of Jesus
 

·         Is a result of loving and believing in Jesus (even though we haven’t seen Him)
 

·         Is a “now” thing no matter how bad our circumstances!

 

Joy Tools:  “REJOICE!  He is Risen!”

 

What’s your “JOY ?”

 

SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, PRAYER - GUIDE:  

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?  How am I learning to Live Loved?

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

 

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Monday – Matthew 28:1-7

Tuesday – Matthew 28:8-15

Wednesday – 1 Peter 1:3-9

Thursday – 1 Peter 1:13-21

Friday – Philippians 4:4-7

Saturday – Psalm 150

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