Message Notes

We Choose Joy

Guiding Principles:

  1. We cultivate heroes. 
  2. We champion teamwork. 
  3. We create excellence. 
  4. We choose joy.

Romans 15:1-6 NIV

1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2 Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. 3 For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” 4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. 5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 15:13 NIV

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Grow in Joy and Overflow in Hope:

I. Serve

Mission - to be sent to serve

Jesus sent us to:

  1. Carry others' burdens 
  2. Encourage our neighbors 
  3. Stop thinking about ourselves

Mark 10:45 NIV

45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Grow in Joy and Overflow in Hope:

I. Serve

II. Study

Studying God's Word:

  1. Teaches us how to live 
  2. Gives us direction 
  3. Gives us hope

2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

S.O.A.P Method

  • Study 
  • Observe 
  • Apply 
  • Pray

Grow in Joy and Overflow in Hope:

I. Serve

II. Study

III. Shine

1 Peter 1:3 NIV

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Philippians 2:14-16 NIV

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.