The Joy of the Church
This week, we’ve been looking at some key passages surrounding Joy.
If you missed the first 2 posts, click HERE to read Part 1 which focused on the Joy of the Shepherds at the Messiah’s birth, or click HERE to read Part 2 which focused on the Joy of the Believer hearing the voice of the Good Shepherd for the first time.
The Joy of the Believer
If you missed yesterday’s post, click HERE to read, How to Fully Experience Joy this Christmas – Part 1.
On that night when Christ was born, the shepherds experienced an incredible joy at the good news that the Messiah had finally arrived. However, there is also incredible joy for us, when we experience the Messiah for the first time.
Scripture tells us that when we receive and accept the Good News of the Gospel, we become sheep, belonging to the Good Shepherd.
The Joy of the Shepherds
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
Good News of Great Joy
Our church has continued teaching through the Advent themes. Moreover, our small group ministry has been studying each theme as Christmas approaches. Here’s this week’s advent addition, centred on Joy.
Click the following link to view our first week Advent study on HOPE or our second week on PEACE.
Jesus was teaching by the Sea of Galilee.
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him.
And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea,
“Peace! Be still!”
Peace On Whom His Favor Rests
As our church continue teaching through the Advent themes, our small group ministry has been studying each theme. Here’s this week’s advent addition, centred on Peace.
To view our first week Advent study on Hope, click HERE.
The season of Advent is upon us.
Our church is taking a pause from a year-long study of Matthew’s Gospel, to focus on this Christian tradition. Advent brings a sense of anticipation to Christmas, instead of just simply waiting for the day to arrive.
Our small groups will be unpacking the Advent themes as well. Here’s what we came up with this week.