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Gary Lee Webber

Joy Defined

January 1, 2023

Joy is a difficult word to define. Most people associate it with happiness, but the Bible clearly teaches that joy is not an emotion. Joy does not depend on our circumstances but is rather a choice. In fact, the most repeated command in the Bible is to “rejoice!” But how can we obey that command in a world filled with so much pain and brokenness? Join us on New Year’s Day as Pastor Gary explores the b iblical definition of joy.

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Joy Defined 

Joy is the fruit of the ________ ____________ produced in us when we ______________ to __________ __________________ with the faith to believe 

that God will use our circumstances to accomplish His work in and 

through our lives. 

  • Joy is a ________. (Galatians 5:21-22 & John 15:11) 
  • Joy is a ________________. (Philippians 4:11-13 & Romans 8:28) 
  • Joy is a ______________. (Psalms, Philippians, and MANY more!!) 


____________ ______ this week. 

Daily Readings 

This week’s scripture readings focus on joy. As you read, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with the joy only He can give, and make a commitment to choose joy every day this week. 

  • Day 1: Philippians 1 & 2 
  • Day 2: Philippians 3 & 4 
  • Day 3: Habakkuk 3 
  • Day 4: James 1 
  • Day 5: 1 Thessalonians 5 
  • Day 6: Psalm 66 

Think Deeper 

  1. Who is the most joyful person you’ve ever known? What made them this way? 
  2. When was the last time you felt true joy? 
  3. What is the most joyless aspect of your life? How can you rejoice in that situation? 

Suggested Resources 

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis 

The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis 

The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama Rev. Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams 

Check out these and other suggested books at https: //bit.ly/AspireSMB 

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