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August 27, 2017

Sermon: Joy

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Scripture Lesson

Psalm 98:1-6; James 1:2-4

Praise the Judge of the World

A Psalm. O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gained him victory. The Lord has made known his victory; he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.

Faith and Wisdom

My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Psalm 98:1-6; James 1:2-4

I. Introduction: no comic
II. James on trials (Jam. 1:2-4)
     A. Early Christian church trials
     B. “Consider it nothing but joy” (1:2)
         1. Joy definition
         2. Common wisdom
III. Psalm 98 on joy (Ps. 98:1-6)
     A. 3 times (98:4, 6)
     B. Early Christian chant
IV. Why be joyful? (Jam. 1:2-4; Ps. 98:1-6)
     A. God is at work
         1. In James (1:3-4)
         2. In Psalm 98 (98:1)
     B. God’s “steadfast love” (98:3)
     C. God’s faithfulness (98:3)
V. If we face trials . . .
     A. God is still at work
     B. God’s love is still steadfast
     C. God is still faithful
     D. So be joyful
     E. Who is defining your reality?
VI. Conclusion: Isaac Watts (1674-1748), “Joy to the World”


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