Download or listen to five sermons by Alistair Begg about Joy.
The life of Christian faith is often expressed as a journey, and Alistair Begg employs this metaphor as he turns our attention to what James has to say about life in Christ. If we are to achieve God’s purpose for our time on earth, we can expect to face trials. Only after preparing for and responding properly to difficult times can we then heed James’ words and count our trials as joy.
The disciples' joy was misplaced, they focused on power and authority, but Jesus redirects their joy. Jesus overflowed with joy and Luke makes it clear that the source of his joy was the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Jesus also praises the Father that he has kept the insights of the kingdom from those who are wise in the world's eyes, yet revealed it to all who will come in child-like faith to the truth of scripture.
Joy in the Christian life is a consequence of salvation and results from spiritual transformation in our lives. We may express that joy in a variety of ways, but in this sermon, Alistair Begg describes the importance of maintaining joy and warns us about the things that may cause us to lose our joy in Christ.
The Bible doesn’t promise Christians a painless and sorrow-free life, but it does promise them joy that can’t be taken away. Alistair Begg teaches us that Jesus told his disciples that they would weep and lament over his death, but their sorrow would turn into joy at the resurrection.
Many of us yearn for the joy that comes from lifelong friendship. We don’t always find a friend like that here on earth, but Jesus told His disciples in John chapter 15 that God initiates that kind of friendship with us. Alistair Begg explains that when we respond to God’s invitation of friendship, we find joy that won’t fade.