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Natural Evangelism: Words of Encouragement  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  35:04
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The church is to rejoice in the salvation brought about by Jesus Christ’s faithful life and death, and by the power of his resurrection. Even in adversity, believers know the joy of Jesus Christ.

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Luke 10:17–20 ESV
17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Introduction:
What I want them to KNOW:
Know that obeying God and walking with Him can and should be joyful.
What I want them to FEEL:
Feel the scriptures confirming the joy a Christian should experience.
What I want them to DO:
Do obey God that your Joy can be complete.

Joy as the hallmark of the kingdom of God

Galatians 5:22 ESV
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Joy is a measure of the Holy Spirit.
What measure of the Spirit is in you?

The promise of Joy

John 15:9–11 ESV
9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
The Word of God is revealed that our Joy can be experienced!

Everyday Joy among believers

Acts 2:46–47 ESV
46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
The experience of Joy should happen on a regular basis.

Joy in relationship with Jesus Christ

1 Peter 1:8–9 ESV
8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
A relationship with Jesus is a relationship of Joy.

Joy through conversion

Acts 16:33–34 ESV
33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. 34 Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.
The conversion of souls is a joyous occasion.

Joy experienced even in adversity

Bad or difficult times are not a sign of no joy. Happiness and Joy are not the same thing.
Acts 5:41 ESV
41 Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.
1 Peter 4:12–13 ESV
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
We can have joy even in the midst of diversity.

Joy in partnership with the Gospel

Philippians 1:4–6 ESV
4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Luke 15:4–6 ESV
4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’
Conclusion:
The ultimate Joy comes when we partner with God in His work of salvation.
Know your story
Start conversations
Do more listening than talking
Prepare the field for Harvesting by the time our Eternity Seminars come around perhaps we will reap a Harvest

God’s Joyous Salvation Invitation

Hear - Believe - Confess - Repent - Be Baptized - Be Faithful

Matthew 7:24 ESV24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
Matthew 7:24 ESV
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
John 1:12 ESV12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
John 1:12 ESV
12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
1 John 2:23 ESV23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.
1 John 2:23 ESV
23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.
Luke 13:3 ESV3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
Luke 13:3 ESV
3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
Galatians 3:27 ESV27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Galatians 3:27 ESV
27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
James 1:3–4 ESV3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1:3–4 ESV
3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
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