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Pastor Kevin McDonald
 
 

Christmas JOY: Cure for the Mediocre Life!

12/06/15

Christmas Joy:

Cure for the Mediocre Life!

Psalm 98:4-6; Isaiah 9:6; Luke 2:10-20; Galatians 2:20

 

INTRO: What are you really passionate about? Maybe it is riding motorcycles, beautiful ocean views, sports, boating, fishing, golfing, painting, reading, cooking or traveling...Whatever it may be, it somehow always has time built into your calendar and you always find the money to do it! When you are enjoying your passion, it somehow gives your life meaning and it makes you feel alive. My question today is this: Is Jesus your passion? Is Jesus the absolute joy of your life? Today we are going to consider the joy we have in Christ and the kind of life that joy ought to produce.

When we study the Church down through the ages, we find there are several things that nullify our witness and neutralize our Christian witness. These three things destroy the church!

Three Things Void Our Voice:

 

• _____________________

 

• _____________________

 

• _____________________

 

The world is seeking happiness and yet it is so elusive! We have so much in possessions, entertainment, education and travel, yet we are so unhappy!

Happiness or Joy?

 

    †Happiness is ________________; joy is _______________.

 

    †Happiness is ________________; joy is _______________.

 

    †Happiness is ________________; joy is _______________!

 

Where Joy Can Not be Found:

 

       Not in _____________________!

 

      Not in _____________________!

 

      Not in _____________________!

 

       Not in _____________________!

 

      Not in _____________________!

 

 

So how can our lives be more than mediocre and the status quo? How can we live the joyful abundant life that God created us for and calls us to and Christ provided?

 

Living Great for God!

 

   1. God uses ________________________________!

 

   2. God uses ________________________________!

 

   3. God uses ________________________________!

 

   4. God uses ________________________________!