Tuesday Morning Bible Study — “Blessed: Joy”

Lime team captain Lee McGaughey continued our daily theme of “Blessed:  Joy” with our morning Bible study classes. Here is an outline of the study, followed by an audio recording:

Joy (noun) — a state of happiness; a feeling of great happiness

As Christians, we are instructed to even count it joy when we face trials (James 1:2). In whatever situation we are in, we should rejoice always (Philippians 4:4). Paul endured many trials (II Corinthians 11:22-27), but he remained joyful.

When our faith is tested, patience is produced (James 1:2-4). We must focus on the joyful result, not necessarily the immediate trial or temptation — joy is all about perspective and focus.

Biblical Joy:

  • Nehemiah 8:8-12 — God’s standard is high — the joy of the Lord is our strength
  • Matthew 25:14-30 — in the parable of the talents, we learn that we should focus on God and do what we are supposed to do
  • How do we get that joy?
    • Psalm 5 — shout for joy and be joyful in God
    • John 15:1-11 — we must abide in God’s love and bear fruit
    • Galatians 5:22,23 — fruit of the Spirit

Practical Applications:

  1. We must have perspective and focus on God — Biblical examples:
    • David
    • Job
    • Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego
    • Paul
    • Christ
      • Hebrews 12:1,2 — for joy, Christ endured the cross
      • I Peter 4:12,13 — rejoice when you suffer for Christ
  2. God’s commands aren’t always easy, but they are for our own good (Isaiah 55:8,9; II Timothy 3:16,17; Psalm 119:105)
  3. We should share joy among fellow Christians (I Thessalonians 2:17-20; II Timothy 1:3-5; Philippians 1:4-7)

 

“Blessed: Joy” — Lee McGaughey