Why Joy?”

A Mystery Bible Study

“For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but Righteousness and Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 14:17

 

The Bible passage below tells us something about why and how we people of faith can find joy, even in these troubled times.  Here’s how to do this Mystery Bible Study:

 # 1 – Use Google or an old fashioned concordance to figure out where in the New Revised Standard Version this Bible text comes from.  Try to read a little before and after these verses, in your own Bible, so you can get some context.      * If you get stumped the answer is below. *

# 2 – Watch Pastor’s short video about this question, “Why Joy?”

# 3 – Then, if you can, join us at our weekly Zoom gatherings on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. where we check-in with each other, and we talk about our experiences with God in day-to-day life.  {See below the video for how to join-in on this particular Zoom fellowship.}

 

"My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy. Because, you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.  If any of you is lacking in wisdom ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.  But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.  For the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  Let the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up, and the rich in being brought low, because the rich will disappear like a flower in the field.  For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the field; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes.  It is the same way with the rich; in the midst of a busy life, they will wither away.  Blessed is anyone who endures temptation.  Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.  No one, when tempted, should say, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one.  But one is tempted by one’s own desire, being lured and enticed by it.  Then, when that desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and that sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to death.  Do not be deceived, my beloved.  Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.  In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures."

Answer – James 1:2-18

Starter Questions

+ Is the writer of these verses a glutton for punishment?  Since when is trouble joy?

+ Isn’t the writer too hard on us who doubt?  Or is this descriptive instead of pre/proscriptive?

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