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Rejoicing in the Lord Always

Title: "Rejoicing in the Lord Always!"


  • Opening quote: "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4, ESV)

  • A brief introduction to the importance of rejoicing in the Lord in all circumstances as a central theme in Christianity.

  • Story/illustration: The story of Paul and Silas singing praises to God while in prison (Acts 16:25-26).

I. Reasons to Rejoice in the Lord A. God's Unfailing Love - Scripture: Lamentations 3:22-23 - Comment: God's love for us is constant and unwavering, even amid trials and hardships. - Illustration: The prodigal son returning to his loving father (Luke 15:11-32).

B. God's Grace and Forgiveness
    - Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-9
    - Quote: "The greatest act of love is giving grace to someone who doesn't deserve it." – Unknown
    - Example: Jesus' forgiveness of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11).

C. The Gift of Eternal Life
    - Scripture: John 3:16
    - Comment: Our faith in Jesus Christ secures our eternal destiny, giving us hope and joy.
    - Illustration: The joy of the thief on the cross who found salvation in Jesus (Luke 23:39-43).

II. The Power of Rejoicing in the Lord A. Strength in Difficult Times - Scripture: Nehemiah 8:10 - Quote: "Joy is the serious business of heaven." – C.S. Lewis - Example: The Apostle Paul's perseverance and joy through persecution (2 Corinthians 11:23-28).

B. Cultivating Gratitude and Contentment
    - Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
    - Comment: Rejoicing in the Lord leads to a grateful heart, even in the midst of trials.
    - Illustration: Corrie ten Boom's story of gratitude while imprisoned in a concentration camp.

C. Testimony to Others
    - Scripture: Matthew 5:16
    - Quote: "The joy of the Lord is your strength, and the strength of the Lord is your joy." – Warren Wiersbe
    - Example: The early church's growth despite persecution, as believers rejoiced in the Lord (Acts 2:46-47).

III. How to Rejoice in the Lord Always A. Abide in Christ - Scripture: John 15:4-5 - Comment: Our joy is rooted in our relationship with Jesus, as we abide in Him and allow His Spirit to work in our lives. - Illustration: The vine and the branches (John 15:1-8).

B. Worship and Praise
    - Scripture: Psalm 34:1
    - Quote: "Worship is the believer's response of all that they are – mind, emotions, will, and body – to what God is and says and does." – Warren Wiersbe
    - Example: David dancing before the Lord (2 Samuel 6:14-16).

C. Practicing the Presence of God
    - Scripture: Psalm 16:11
    - Comment: Recognizing God's presence in our lives leads to a deeper sense of joy.
    - Illustration: Brother Lawrence and his practice of the presence of God.


  • Summary of main points.

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