Galatians 5:22-23; Romans 5:1-11; Luke 10:1-21
Joy: a mark of a healthy church.
True joy is unique. Romans 5:1-11
It is not based in circumstances. vv. 2-3
It is based on Christ. vv. 8-11
True joy overflows into relationships.
Joy and relationships go hand-in-hand. Gal. 4:13-16
Jesus’ explosion of joy! Luke 10:1-21
Take Home Idea: The church: The most joyful place on the earth!
"Joy" Small Group Questions
What was one of the happiest memories you had as a child?
Review Pastor Joel's sermon and Take Home Idea. What struck you about the sermon? What do you have questions about?
Dig: Read Galatians 5:22-23
How does joy make this list? Compare and contrast joy with the other 8 qualities that Paul lists here as fruit of the Spirit.
What has happened here in the church of Galatia that has robbed them of their joy (refer to 4:13-16)?
Read Romans 5:1-11
What is unique about joy? (vs. 2-3, 11).
How is joy and suffering connected? What is the difference between rejoicing “because of” suffering vs. rejoicing “in” suffering?
How did Jesus demonstrate this joy (Hebrews 12:2)?
Skim Luke 10:1-24
Why did the disciples return “with joy”? vs. 17
What was Jesus’ reaction? Why? Vs. 21-24
What do you need to do – to be “joyful”? How can that joy be shared with those around you?
How can you live by the Spirit and grow the fruit of the Spirit this week?
Close this time sharing and praying together as a group.