Small Group Notes

Small Group Notes - To fulfil our vision, our mission and become like Jesus, we are aiming to be a God-Focused people full of: Grace, Joy, Hope, and Generosity

Joy-Full (23rd September)

As a church family our reason for being is: Responding to God’s Love. And ‘To fulfil our vision, our mission and become like Jesus, we are aiming to be a God-focused people full of: Grace, Joy, Hope and Generosity.’

Read: Romans 15:5-13 and Luke 15:1-7

Oswald Chambers once said, “The Bible nowhere speaks about a "happy’ Christian; it talks plentifully of joy. Happiness depends on things that happen and may sometimes be an insult: joyfulness is never touched by external conditions, and a joyful heart is never an insult.”  See James 1:2-4.

- How would you define joy?

 

The finding of the lost (Luke 15 – coin, sheep, son) is accompanied with great joy.

- Reflect on your own being found and current salvation – what about this brings joy? (1 Peter 1:8-9)

- How do we express this joy naturally?

 

The early Christians found great joy in being associated with Jesus, even if only in his sufferings (See Acts 5:41, Hebrews 12:2, James 1:2-4 and others). They found joy in the glorious hope that awaited them (2 Corinthians 4:16-18), and they knew joy, as part of the Spirit’s fruit (Galatians 5:22).

- What stops us living joyfully?

- How can we live more joyfully? (See also: Psalm 137:4-6; Philippians 4:4)

 

We must be careful in our pursuit of Jesus and His joy not to simply ‘put on brave face’ or ‘false smile’ becoming insensitive to the pain and sadness of this world. We are in a world full of groans (Romans 8:22-23) and there are times when we mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15), ‘a joyful heart is never an insult’.

- How can we live more joyfully as church, whilst being honest about the struggles of life?

 

- Give thanks to God for all the many ways in which we are a joyful people and pray that we might be increasingly known as a joyful church family, one that brings joy to our communities.