Finding Joy SeriesToday our Worship Ministry lead us in a joyful time of music celebrating the Good News of great JOY, Jesus! We were also encouraged by a powerful testimony from Nathan and Lindsey to choose joy in the midst of difficult circumstances. So how do we do that?

First we have to understand what JOY is. John Piper defines Christian joy as a good feeling in the soul, produced by the Holy Spirit, as He causes us to see the beauty of Christ in the Word and in the world.

Real, lasting joy, is brought about by the Holy Spirit showing us how satisfying and glorious the Word of God (Jesus) is to us! Psalm 16:11 says, “in Your presence there is fullness of joy.” We can experience a lasting joy in all circumstances when we focus our attention and affections on the beauty of Jesus.

Do you know the old hymn, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus?

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the Light of His glory and grace

Turn your eyes to worship Jesus with ALL that you are and you will be completely satisfied and filled with lasting joy!

Questions for further thought and discussion:

• What was your favorite part of the JOY service and why?

• How would you define joy?

• Do you think it is possible to have joy in all circumstances?

• How can you choose joy this week?

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