Sermon Text: Hebrews 12:1–2

Scripture Referenced: Psalm 16:11, Psalm 4:7, John 15:11

Advent Scripture Reading:  Luke 2:8-20


"The shepherd experienced joy when he found his lost sheep (Mt 18:13). The multitude felt it when Jesus healed a Jewish woman whom Satan had bound for 18 years (Lk 13:17). The disciples returned to Jerusalem rejoicing after Jesus’ ascension (Lk 24:52). Joy was also the feeling of the church at Antioch when its members heard the Jerusalem Council’s decision that they did not have to be circumcised and keep the Law (Acts 15:31). Paul mentioned his joy in hearing about the obedience of the Roman Christians (Rom 16:19)." - Walter A. Elwell and Barry J. Beitzel, Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible

“Never forget that when we are dealing with any pleasure in its healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in a sense, on the Enemy’s ground. I know we have won many a soul through pleasure. All the same, it is His invention, not ours. He made the pleasures: all our research so far has not enabled us to produce one. All we can do is to encourage the humans to take the pleasures which our Enemy has produced, at times, or in ways, or in degrees, which He has forbidden.” - CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

“While other worldviews lead us to sit in the midst of life’s joys, foreseeing the coming sorrows, Christianity empowers its people to sit in the midst of this world’s sorrows, tasting the coming joy.” - Tim Keller, Walking With God Through Pain & Suffering

“We are often waiting on God to do something to us or for us, instead of in us. In other words, we may be saying “Lord, why don’t you remove this problem” instead of “Lord, make me the person that can handle this problem.” - Tim Keller, Living in a Pluralistic Society


O Come, O Come Emmanuel

All Glory Be to Christ

In Christ Alone

Father, You Are All We Need

Solid Rock