Sermon Study Notes: Joy in the Church

We invite you to go deeper in your personal reflection and response to this week's sermon through these study notes and application questions. Take some time this week to read the sermon texts in their full context and study out on your own what we have been learning together at gathering.

If you have not had a chance to listen to the sermon, or if you need help as you work through the study this week, you can listen to the sermon here: Joy in the Church

Sermon Text: 

Philippians 1:1-11

Additional Readings:

  • Ephesians 1:13,14

  • John 14: 6, 7

Application Questions:

  • Pastor Kort identified two major ways that people commonly pursue joy, outwardly through culture and other people and inwardly trying to become whole. Where do you find yourself most often seeking joy apart from Christ? 

  • Temporary things like those listed above can only bring temporary joy, what would it look like in your daily life to look to Christ for eternal joy instead of these temporary things?

  • As christians, we have two identities, sinners and saints. We can only understand God's grace towards us when we understand that we simultaneously hold both of these identities. Do you recognize both of these things a being true of you? Which are you more prone to focus on? 

  • Spend some time in prayer this week asking God to help you clearly see how both of these identities (mentioned in the last question) can be true of you. If you are having trouble, look to Scripture to help you understand one or both of the sides that you have trouble identifying yourself with. 

  • Spend time each day this week in prayer thanking God for the grace He has extended towards you in calling you His child. Notice how this affects your joy throughout this week. 


“God loves you unconditionally, as you are and not as you should be, because nobody is as they should be.” - Brennan Manning

The church is a place of joy because it is a place of grace. - Kort Marley

The church is a place full of broken people who have met their mender, sinful people who have met their savior and sick people who have met their healer. - Kort Marley 

A partaker of grace creates and environment of grace. - Kort Marley

Our prayer is that this sermon study guide will help you in your spiritual growth. As you read and pray through these passages, we encourage you to take your study into community as well. Talk to your friends and family about what you are learning and make sharing your faith a part of your growth in Him.

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