We continue our series called “Follow Suit” by following the way in which Jesus experienced Joy and shared his joy. When we think of Jesus, I wonder how often we think about Jesus being joyful. Jesus says this to his disciples, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11) This week we will be exploring what Jesus meant by ‘my joy’, what it means to be ‘in’ that joy, and how to experience that joy in the fullest.
Just as Jesus had abundant comfort in the fact that he had a Father in heaven, we have abundant comfort in our belonging to Christ. During this time of uncertainly, change, isolation, repetitiveness, and limitation, we are reminded of the fact that we can experience great comfort in Christ. Christ is our Comfort, and that truth brings with it confidence within the struggle. As we seek to grow in Christ, we do so growing in our identity as God’s sons and daughters and the comfort that identity gives us each day.
Follow Suit: Godliness
This Sunday marks the beginning of a new sermon series called ‘Follow Suit’. Discipleship is about following Jesus. We follow Jesus as apprentices. We don’t follow from a distance or follow him for our own personal gain. We follow as a disciple: To grow in maturity in faith with the goal of being more like the Master. This week we will be focusing on the theme of godliness. Jesus was not only God in the flesh. He was also godly. But what do we mean by that and how can that understanding influence the ways we response to the world’s events today, tomorrow, and the ones which are sure to come. Especially in this intense season of 2020, it’s important that Christians understand godliness as a way of life, and as a way to bring peace and, ultimately, hope to this world!