Joy is a God-given inner sense of happiness or well-being regardless of outward circumstances. In part 3 of Soul Construction: The Fruit of the Spirit, Pastor Dan Cox reads from Galatians 5:22.

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Study Notes

Some Context First…

The Fruit of the Spirit

  • Love
  • Joy

What Does the Bible Teach About Joy?

  • There is fullness of joy in the presence of the Lord (Psalm 16:11)
  • Faith in Christ produces joy (1 Peter 1:8-9)
  • Obedience to Jesus brings fullness of joy (John 15:10-11)
  • Jesus is our example of joy (Hebrews 12:1-2)
  • We can rejoice even in trials and suffering (James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 1:6-7; Romans 5:3-5)
  • There is joy in fellowship with other believers (2 John 1:12)
  • Our eternal hope brings joy (Romans 5:1-2)
  • Joy is a command to be obeyed (Philippians 4:4)

An Epiphany

The Wellspring of Joy: Knowledge of God and the Pursuit of Holiness

Applying the Text

  • Are you happy?
  • Are you thirsty?
  • Drink deeply from the wellspring of joy