Episode 9: Joy

In this episode, Tim and Rocky discuss why we should cultivate joy in our ministries.

Quotes and Scriptures

“When pastors don’t have rich spiritual lives with Christ, they become victimized by other models of success – models conveyed to them by their training, by their experience in the church, or just by our culture.”  Dallas Willard

Deuteronomy 28:47-48 (ESV)

47 Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things, 48 therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness, and lacking everything. And he will put a yoke of iron on your neck until he has destroyed you.

Deuteronomy 14:22-26 (NIV)

22 Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. 23 Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God always. 24 But if that place is too distant and you have been blessed by the Lord your God and cannot carry your tithe (because the place where the Lord will choose to put his Name is so far away), 25 then exchange your tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the Lord your God will choose. 26 Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice.

Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)

10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Assumptions

  1. God wants us to be joyful in service
  2. When we lack rich spiritual lives the minutia of ministry steels our joy
  3. Lack of joy leads to any number of sins
  4. The Joy of the Lord is our strength
  5. Lack of joy will lead to our destruction

Solutions

  1. Joy is a fruit of the spirit
  2. Joy must be cultivated through discipline
  3. Joy is the result of recognizing Gods goodness
  4. God’s goodness is personal, what He has done in your life
  5. God’s kindness should be more than just recognized it should be celebrated
  6. This is true for the individual but also for the church.

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