This week we start our brand new series A Christmas Carol in the build up to Christmas.
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After the message on Sunday, what are you most excited about for this new series?
When you think of Christmas Carols what is your first response? Why is this so?
What do you think the carol “Joy to the World” is about?
Was there a time or moment in your life where you experienced extreme happiness/joy/contentment? Describe what happened and the emotions you were feeling?
How would you define joy? What is the difference between joy and happiness?
What is your response to the following statement:
Joy is a deep satisfaction and contentment with both the present and the future
How do you think God defines joy? Do you think God wants you to be happy?
Read Psalm 16:11
Is it possible to live a life full of joy? According to this verse, how is this possible?
What is the difference between “earthly pleasures” and “eternal pleasures”? How is this linked to joy?
Read Nehemiah 8:10
What does this verse have to say about enjoying life?
How is the joy that God gives our strength? What does it mean?
Read Matthew 13:44
What do we learn about joy from this verse?
Often we read this verse and see ourselves as the man who sold everything and found the treasure (Christ), but this verse is actually about Jesus selling everything He had (setting aside the majesty of heaven and dying for the sins of the world) and buying the treasure (you and me). What does this mean to you?
What does it mean that Jesus considered it “joy” to sell everything for you and for me? How does this redefine our understanding of “joy”?