“What gives you JOY in your life today?”
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We finish John chapter 16 this week. The main message in this week’s sermon is turning our sorrow to joy and that Jesus has overcome the world! What great promises and truths these are that give us hope & peace in this world. And not only do these truths give us hope & peace… but also power, confidence and the ability to face and thrive in this dark world. What a great Savior we have! He did not leave us as orphans (Jn14); He has overcome the world; He died and ROSE again; He went to be with the Father; He sent the Holy Spirit (last week); He is coming back… He has overcome the world!
Key Passages: John 16:16-33, John 14:18-19, Col 3:5, 2 Cor 12:7-9
- Have someone review the primary sermon points to refresh the message (or have a volunteer do this). Re-read John 16:16-33.
- Who is Jesus talking to in these verses? (disciples) Why does He say they will be sad; what is He referring to? (Jesus’ coming death)
- What are some things in the world today that can “steal” our joy? (sin, depression, anxiety, busy schedules, difficulties in parenting/relationships, lack of faith, etc, etc)
- What does this passage in John 16 tell us that should restore our joy? (v22 - in Jesus your hearts will rejoice and no one will take your joy from you; v33 - “take heart” or have courage… “I have overcome the world”
- How does the fact (truth) that Jesus has “overcome the world” give us peace (v33) and hope?
- How can we do better in our Community Group in helping each other keep our “joy” and focus on Jesus?
- Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
Pray for a growing dependence and focus on Jesus and His truths. That we would fix our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith… and that the world around us would see a true, supernatural “joy” in us that draws them to Jesus.