Posts Tagged ‘Winter Retreat 2016’

Lasting Joy (Philippians 4:10-20) — Monday Morning

// February 23rd, 2016 // No Comments » // Sermons, Winter Retreat Messages

We have covered a lot of ground this weekend. Friday afternoon we talked about the dangers and delights of retreats and Friday evening you were encouraged to look back at the many, and varied, ways God has blessed you. Saturday we looked at the foundation of our Joy–the gospel–and we looked at how humility enables us to be joyful, even in the midst of suffering. Yesterday we looked at where we do NOT find joy–in ourselves, our achievements, or our circumstances. We rejoice IN THE LORD. We also looked at the effect conflict can have on our joy and biblical solutions toward resolution. We also looked at the effect Scripture can have in our fight for joy. That’s a lot of ground to cover.

Now, we’re almost at the end of the weekend. We head home in a matter of hours. Not only is it my prayer that you have found joy during this weekend, it’s also my prayer that you will leave with a joy that lasts. It’s also my prayer that you will leave equipped and motivated to fight for joy and to persevere in that fight. As we come to the close of the book of Philippians, I think that’s Paul’s desire as well. So, here’s the question we are asking this morning: What do we need to persevere in our joy? (more…)

Guidance for Joy (Philippians 4:8-9) — Sunday Evening

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As I’ve been preparing for spending this weekend talking about joy, I’ve also been thinking about the times in my life when it didn’t feel like I had joy. I spent some time flipping through my journals from the past seven years. It was crazy and interesting all at the same time. I would come across a journal entry where I was extremely frustrated with something and as I wrote the journal entry I realized how stupid it was that I was angry. Then a few pages later I came across an entry talking about the amazing peace I felt in the midst of an extremely stressful period of life. The journal entries go back and forth, back and forth. (more…)

Rejoice IN THE LORD (Philippians 3:1-4:1) — Sunday Morning

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Well, we’re halfway through the weekend. We’ve been talking a lot about joy, but I haven’t spent time to give you a definition of joy. I want to take time to do that right now. Actually, I want to read you a quote from James Montgomery Boice that gives us a good definition of joy. He says:

What is joy? Joy is a supernatural delight in God and God’s goodness. And it is very different from happiness. Every Christian virtue has its counterpart in a so-called virtue of the world. The world ha sex; Christians have love. The world strives for security; Christians have trust. The world seeks self-gratification; Christians know peace. The world seeks happiness; the Christian’s counterpart is joy. Happiness is our translation of the Latin word fortuna, and it is closely related to chance. Thus, if things happen to work out in a way that we approve, we are happy. If they do not so happen, we are unhappy. Happiness is circumstantial, but joy is not. Joy is an inner quality of delight in God, and it is meant to spring up within the Christian in a way totally unrelated to the adversities or circumstantial blessings of this life. (Philippians Commentary p. 163) (more…)

Humble Joy (Philippians 2:1-17) — Saturday Evening

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It’s interesting to look at the various ways people address the theme of the book of Philippians. One commentator says that the book of Philippians is a book about the gospel. It’s about the gospel beginning to end. Another commentator says the book of Philippians is a book on living the Christian life. Now, I respect both of the men. I think they are correct in some ways. However, I want to give my own crack at a theme for the book of Philippians. I think the book of Philippians is a book about the Christian life characterized by joy in the gospel. (more…)

Gospel Joy (Philippians 1:12-30) — Saturday Afternoon

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In this section we find out some important information about the apostle Paul. We find out that he is writing this letter while he is in prison. I think that’s something we shouldn’t skim over quickly.

As we think about this, I also want to remind us about what happened during Paul’s first visit to Philippi. During Paul’s initial visit to Philippi he cast a demon out of a young slave girl. The owners used this girl to make money by fortune telling–lots of money. Once the demon was cast out of the girl, the owners lost their income generation and became angry. They hauled Paul and Silas into the marketplace where they were beaten and thrown into prison. (more…)

Joyful Remembrance (Philippians 1:3-11) — Friday Evening

// February 23rd, 2016 // No Comments » // Sermons, Winter Retreat Messages

We will be spending the weekend looking at the book of Philippians. To be a little more accurate, we will be spending the weekend looking at Joy in the book of Philippians. Joy is a major theme throughout Philippians, but there are other things in Philippians as well. However, we want to work our way through the book, looking at what brings Paul joy and what Paul expects to bring the Philippians joy.

This is a good question for you to wrestle with throughout this weekend. I want you to start wrestling with it right away tonight. What brings you joy? Or, another question I want you to ask is: Where are you looking to find joy? Where have you looked in the past? Where are you looking now? (more…)

Dangers and Benefits of Retreats — Friday Afternoon

// February 23rd, 2016 // No Comments » // Sermons, Winter Retreat Messages

Before we take off on our retreat for the weekend, I want to talk to you about the joys and dangers of going on a retreat. The longer I’ve been a youth leader, the more I’ve realized the importance of helping people to understand that there are BOTH dangers and delights in retreats. (more…)