Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on May 3, 2015:
- SUNDAY: John 16:7-8,
- MONDAY: Luke 22,
- TUESDAY: 1 John 1,
- WEDNESDAY: 2 Corinthians 7,
- THURSDAY: Galatians 5,
- FRIDAY: Philippians 4,
- SATURDAY: Psalm 46, Psalm 91,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Super Powers Sermon Title: Joy
Delivered On: April 26, 2015
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13)
Ask God to install prayer in your life from the inside out. Pray for strength in tough circumstances and for awareness of his constant presence. Ask him to bring the teaching of Jesus to your heart and mind each day.
Track joy in your life: Whether you sense it, or if you don’t sense it. If you find yourself moving in and out of joy, ask yourself what you can do to address that. We can so easily abandon joy or believe others have the power to steal it. In truth it comes from the presence of the Holy Spirit within so remind yourselves daily that what God has given, nothing in this world can take away.
Growth Group Discussion
Talk about any kind of joy you’ve experienced in life to this point. (This can be in any area.)
Now talk about joy you’ve experienced that comes more by way of your faith in Jesus.
What are some differences in your experiences between numbers one and two, and what types of things seem the same?
Read: Psalm 28:7
Has your heart ever “jumped for joy?” Describe the experience.
Do you sense joy within right now and if so, how do you know it is joy?
How can joy be stolen? Do you see satan playing a role in this heist?
How can joy be a “super power?”
Read: 1 Peter 1:8-9
Discuss your definition of “joy inexpressible.”
Hebrews 12:2 says there was a “joy set before him”, referring to Jesus. What do you think is meant by this?
If joy eludes you in life, what can you do to increase it? What might some first steps be?