Messy Christianity – Overwhelming Joy  (no Audio)

The Birth of Joy(2)

Selected Passages                                                                                     Feb. 5, 2017

Pastor Todd Harker

Scripture Emphasis:

Phil 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

Joy is more than Jesus – Others – You.  It is more than a settled confidence God is in control.  It is more than basing one’s feelings on the certainty of God rather than on current surroundings.  The whole essence of joy is birthed from accurate biblical teaching and application.  It is not always as clear and concise as some would make it out to be.  Many times it is uneasy, unkind and messy.  It is within the mess where we can truly find the joy of the Lord.

Four Not So Simple Questions…

1) What erroneous CONCEPTS about God am I holding onto that keeps me from experiencing joy?

  • The Health Wealth and Comfort (God serves them)
  • The MDP – Modern Day PHARISEE (RELIGION serves them)


2) Do I use God to FURTHER my interest or do I SERVE God to further His? – Isa. 64:8; Job 2:10; 2 Cor. 4:7-12


3) Do I use the Bible to solely __________ what I know is right or to find out where I am ___________? – 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Phil. 3:1-15

  • The __________ can be a hindrance of Joy
  • The ______________ is where I am called to live

4) Am I _____________ to find out where I am wrong so I can be made __________? – Job 5:17; Ps. 32